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DNREC to Band Barn Owls

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will start banding barn owls Thursday in Smyrna, Del. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will start banding barn owls Thursday in Smyrna, Del.

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will start tracking barn owls Thursday to measure life span, migratory patterns and population size.

Biologists have banded approximately 618 barn owls since 1996, finding interesting migratory patterns among the species, DNREC said.

The department is allowing the public to view two bandings on Thursday, starting at 10 a.m. at the DNREC’s Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna, according to the department. The second banding will be at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Barn owls benefit rural areas and farmland by eating mice that inhabit the area. To conserve these owls, biologists study their habits through tracking, DNREC said.

For more information, contact Wayne Lehman at (302) 284-1077.

 

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