Owls http://nhpr.org en Creatures In The Night http://nhpr.org/post/creatures-night <p>Wildlife tracks in the snow indicate of a lot of coming and going in the nighttime world.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why are so many animals active, given their limited ability to see in the dark?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's the obvious reason: division of resources helps avoid competition.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A red-tailed hawk hunts the same fields by day that a great horned owl hunts by night.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Night also offers some animals protection from their main predators.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mice lie low by day, but in the wild—and in my house—they come out at night.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 05:07:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 42697 at http://nhpr.org Creatures In The Night A Snowy Invasion http://nhpr.org/post/snowy-invasion <p>This year is being referred to as an "<a href="http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/gotsnowies2013/" target="_blank">invasion year</a>" for snowy owls, and it might be one for the <a href="http://stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/snowy-owls-historic-irruption-underway.html" target="_blank">record books</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>Most of the snowy owl sightings have been along the coast where a flat, open landscape resembles their native tundra. Reports from New Hampshire birders include sightings of up to nine in a single day. On Nantucket, the annual <a href="http://www.nhaudubon.org/birding/christmas-bird-count" target="_blank">Christmas Bird Count</a> found 33, far surpassing the previous count record of four.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 42310 at http://nhpr.org A Snowy Invasion The Burrowing Owl Conservation Network http://nhpr.org/post/burrowing-owl-conservation-network <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:14:09 +0000 New Media Intern 17569 at http://nhpr.org The Burrowing Owl Conservation Network Give a Hoot http://nhpr.org/post/give-hoot <p>Barred owls, New Hampshire's most common owl species, also have the most familiar courtship and territorial song—usually translated as, "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?"&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;It can be&nbsp;heard all year, day or night, but really revs up as owl breeding season begins in late winter.&nbsp; Owls are early nesters.</p><p>Wildlife produce their young when their primary food resource is most abundant.&nbsp; Mice, rabbit and squirrel populations are exploding when owl hatchlings on a continual growth spurt&nbsp;require frequent feeding.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 2038 at http://nhpr.org Give a Hoot