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This 4-H Owl Club Is A Hoot


April 29, 2020

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Back Row L-R: Austin Wachter, Matt Berning, Rylan Miller, Rob Werner, Ed Purmann, Dalton Wachter, Chase Dittmar, Ashton Miller, and Garnet Fee. Front Row: Aloysius Berning, Louis Berning, Hanna Leitzen, Brayden Abbitt, Kyle Haas, Haley Leitzen, Landon Warner, and Leah Warner. Owl club members, JDCF Staff members, and University of Illinois Master Naturalists together at the Schurmeier Teaching Forrest before placing their owl boxes last year.

The 4-H "What a Hoot" Owl Club members are taking part in the Illinois 4-H Nesting Box Challenge that began this winter. The Illinois Raptor Center has asked 4-Hers across the state to build Barred Owl nesting boxes for a state-wide study and youth in Jo Daviess County signed up to be a part of this groundbreaking research.

The Barred Owl is a large owl species that live throughout the state of Illinois. This species is a lowland bottoms area owl that preys upon various rodents, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small fish. These owls nest in cavities in trees and show a preference for a mor...

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