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Eastern Screech Owls are Very Flexible

Eastern screech owls are not picky

 
owl-graphicWhen it comes to habitat, nesting and diet, these owls adapt to what they find:

 

  • Habitat: In their range, screech owls can live anywhere with trees—including farmland edges, suburbs and city parks
  • Nesting: They nest in existing cavities and don’t excavate further or add any nesting materials. They readily nest in tree openings formed by other animals, nest boxes and even the occasional mailbox.
  • Diet: Screech owls eat almost any kind of small animal, including many types of mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians. If they can catch it, they’ll eat it.

 

 

Watch this owl peak out from its nest

 

 

See This Bird!!!

Each month during our 2016 Bird the Preserves initiative, we’re giving you the opportunity to see some of the most interesting birds in the preserves:

Owl Prowl
Friday, November 18 – 7 pm
River Trail Nature Center
3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062

Nocturnal Hunters—Owls
Sunday November 20 – 1:30 pm
River Trail Nature Center
3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062

The Eastern Screech Owl
Saturday, November 26 – 1:30 pm
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 S Paxton Ave, South Holland, IL 60473

 

Support for Bird the Preserves was generously provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through Chicago Wilderness.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County