In recent months, Vermont has experienced a pronounced increase in Barred Owl sightings, as these nocturnal predators struggle to hunt successfully for small mammalian prey under the deep snow. Reports of Barred Owls around the state have been numerous, with some sightings occurring in unexpected venues.
Listen to Vermont Public Radio's interview with VCE's Chris Rimmer and other bird experts around the state to learn more about this winter's Barred Owl phenomenon.
Please report any Barred Owl observations (and sightings of other birds) on Vermont eBird, which is coordinated by VCE. If you encounter a Barred Owl in distress, please contact the Vermont Institute of Natural Science's wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Photo: a Barred Owl in easier times, courtesy of Steve Faccio.