Screech Owl Bonita SpringsRaise Screech Owls in Bonita Springs 68/365

Most people don’t realize that even on the smallest home site or lot you can entice nature to come visit or set up a home.  Years ago when I lived in Brendan Cove I started butterfly gardening. I am an outdoorsy person so I changed my whole back yard habitat and just like magic the critters started showing up.

One thing lead to another and I ended up at the C.R.E.W. concert and fundraiser at Riverside Park in Downtown Bonita Springs, Florida.  There are always silent auction items at these events and one time I bid on a screech owl bird box.  It’s a bird house specially made to be conducive to attracting and housing the little owls.  When I won my first screech owl box I studied up on how to mount it and where to place it for optimum success.  After several months I notice little faces staring back at me one day.  It may have been sooner than several months because they are quiet little birds and they are nocturnal and I can honestly say that I didn’t really know what to look for to begin with.

What I can share with you is that the first litter wasn’t the last litter to go though that box.  There were dozens and dozens of owls born in there.  They have a perfect feeding ground and they also liked their habitat.  I had one box get infested with a bees nest once. I called a bee keeper who I gave permission to take the whole box as to not kill the bees.  I had a backup owl box that was immediately installed and another family soon moved in.

If you enjoy bird watching are thinking of providing habitat for owls in southwest Florida you can find plans online and local vendors who build and sell boxes for native birds at www.NativeBirdBoxes.com.