Rock Creek Watershed Woodland Thinning

northern_pygmy_owl_Siegel_Property_Roy_Siegel_2014-02-09Last year, the Conservation District worked with landowners Roy and Heidi Siegel to thin more than 4 acres of their woodland in the Rock Creek Watershed. The main intent was to give several conifers more space to grow, but much care was taken to leave a few habitat brush piles and many of the diverse shrubs growing in the understory. The brush piles and shrubs are known to attract songbirds for nesting and foraging. This northern pygmy-owl is also a fan of the restoration project! Northern pygmy-owls are known to sometimes hunt during the day when their main food source – songbirds – are active. They’re only about 7” in size, but are known to attack birds that are the same size or larger. There have been some studies on pygmy-owls in Forest Park, where they’re fairly common, and it’s great to see them living in local woodlands elsewhere in our District.

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Click here for more information on building brush piles to attract songbirds, birds of prey, and other wildlife.