Part One: Research
Part Two: Rehabilitation:
If you would like to sponsor one of our Barn Owl cameras, please click the sponsor button above to contact us. Placing these cameras takes knowledge and experience. The total cost for the setup and maintenance of each camera is $1,000.00 per year. We encourage businesses and individuals to help us defray the cost of these cameras.
On April 22 2015, Director of CARRI, Scott Rashid and CARRI volunteer Debra Sherrill, checked all of the CARRI's Barn Owl nest boxes and found that 6 out of the 10 boxes are active with families of Barn Owls. This year the CARRI Barn Owl Nest Box Project could conceivable produce more than 50 baby Barn Owls!
In 2014, members of CARRI had built and erected 10 nest boxes for Barn Owls. That year, a pair of Barn Owls nested in a nest box that was placed on a private residence outside of Lafayette, Colorado. Last year the Barn Owls moved in on May 8th. The female laid 10 eggs, however, only 7 owlets fledges.
With the help of Thomas Anderson and David Neils, a larger nest box was constructed and replaced the smaller one. The hope was that if a pair of owls returned, they would have enough room to successfully fledge all of the owlets.
In mid-March 2015, the larger nest box was erected and a camera placed inside. On March 20th, a male Barn Owl was seen inside the box with his soon to be spouse, arriving inside the box the following evening.
The female Barn Owl laid her first egg on about 5:00 a.m. on March 31st.
In 2014, we monitored 2 Northern Goshawk nests, a Northern Pygmy-Owl nest and the above mentioned Barn Owl nest. We also rehabilitate birds that are brought to the institute for care. Next year, in 2015 CARRI has three major areas that are in need of funding; 1) Research, 2) Education and 3) Rehabilitation.
1) Research: We would like to purchase the materials for, construct and place 10 more Barn Owl nest boxes, 10 Great Horned Owl nest structures, 10 Eastern Screech Owl nest boxes and 10 American Kestrel boxes, placing cameras inside as many as we have a wifi connection for. We would like to find individuals and corporations willing to fund such projects. We would place nest boxes on or near private structures such as garages, barns etc. as well as large office buildings enabling CARRI and the public to learn more about these species as well as enabling the birds to do what they do best, which is to create natural pest control for the environment.
2) Education: We are very interested in educating young people and adults about the importance of conserving habitat for birds. By talking to grade school, middle school and high school students as well as conservation groups, we can work with them to construct and place nest boxes and platforms for raptors and songbirds such as bluebirds, wrens and swallows.
3) Rehabilitation: CARRI's other major focus is the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned birds. Each year CARRI receives numerous birds that need care. Some are found on the ground and assumed to be orphaned. Others have injuries ranging from minor scrapes to major trauma. This care often takes several months and is quite costly. Your generous donations will aid in the care of these birds and their release back into the wild.
CARRI works locally with Law Enforcement, Animal Control and Colorado Parks & Wildlife, in the recovery, rehabilitation and release of injured birds.