I enjoyed Madeline Kalbach’s article about regional owls. We have been thrilled by two barred owls in the last two years, with accompanying owl pellets and occasional scattered feathers. We also have eagles, osprey and peregrine falcons — all bad neighbors for prey but thrilling sights to see.

I have been sickened by reports that our government is culling barred owls, apparently for the crime of proliferating and pushing spotted owls out of their habitat, i.e., waxing while the spotted owls wane. We humans haven’t done very well when we have tried to supplant nature's judgement on this kind of matter. Killing barred owls doesn’t seem like a long-term solution for the problem unless you're willing to walk down this road forever.


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