ENDANGERED SPECIES RECOVERY PROGRAMS
– Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls
– Eastern Barn Owls
CACTUS FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL CAPTIVE BREEDING PROJECT
The Arizona population of Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls (CFPO) is in decline due to loss of habitat and is not likely to be self-sustaining without intervention. In 2007, only six nesting pairs were documented by the Arizona Fish and Game Department (AGFD).
Wild At Heart has been entrusted with the task of determining if this owl species will breed in captivity, while establishing the captive-breeding protocols for this species.
WAH is currently caring for 33 Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls. In partnership with AGFD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WAH will be helping to stabilize the CFPO population through future released of captive-bred offspring.
BARN OWL RECOVERY PROGRAM
Barn Owl Breeding and Recovery Programs have been accelerated by the involvement of WAH with breeding and recovery programs in the Eastern U.S.
Endangered populations in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York and other eastern states have received Barn Owls from Wild At Heart.
These owls have now become part of the re-establishment of Eastern Barn Owl populations.
INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT BARN OWLS
Read about the Barn Owl’s natural history at Cornell Lab of Ornithology…HERE.