Box Management:
Vineyards, Ranches & Farms

Approximately 26 million years ago the first Barn Owl appeared on earth. Since then Barn Owls have reigned supreme as one of the most efficient hunters on wings.



Why are Barn Owls such a great match with vineyards, ranches and farms?

When it comes to rodent control, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has described the Barn Owl as the most beneficial to humans of all creatures. A family of Barn Owls can eat over 3,000 rodents in a four month breeding cycle. A single owl can eat over 50 lbs of gophers in single year! 4 occupied Barn Owl boxes can mean the possible eradication of 12,000 rodents. Since Barn Owls frequently have two breeding cycles each year, that number can double to 24,000 rodents!

Many vineyards, farms and ranches already have great hunting habitat for Barn Owls.

Barn owls, as a part of a non-toxic integrated pest management approach, are not only effecient, but can save thousands of dollars on toxic rodenticides. Barn owls are one of the few species of raptor that are non-territorial. This means that the number of owls that can be attracted to an area is limited only by the availability of nesting sites and available prey to eat.

Installing owl boxes is an inexpensive way to attract barn owls to rodent infested areas.

In many vineyards, farms and ranches, occupancy has been 80%-90% effective and owners have reported significant reductions in rodent populations since installing owl boxes.

Promote barn owl habitat while gaining sustainable eco-friendly rodent control!

Adding a camera to a Barn Owl nesting box that streams to a wine tasting room can be an exciting addition for guests!



What services can HOP provide for my vineyard, ranch or farm?

Site Consultations
There are many influential factors when it comes to selecting a good spot for an owl box. Our site consultants will come to your property and help you determine what boxes are appropriate, how many and help you find sites that will be both safe for the owls and help establish the greatest possible rodent control coverage. They can also answer your owl and nesting box related questions and help you decide on installation and maintenance options. Hungry Owl Project Site Consultations will help give your nesting boxes the greatest chance for success.

Installations
The Hungry Owl Project has options for boxes installed on posts and in trees. Our installation team will come to your property and install owl and other nesting boxes for you. Have your boxes installed by the experts the right way.

Monitoring Program
Have the Hungry Owl Project keep track of your nesting boxes with an annual site visit and full monitoring report as well as a discount on cleaning for each box enrolled. The Hungry Owl Project monitoring team will visit your owl boxes in the late spring to early summer (depending on what stage the nesting owls are at in your area). We inspect each box with very discrete monitoring equipment and then provide you with a monitoring report detailing occupancy, occupancy rate, an annual owl population update, whether or not cleaning is required and any other recommendations or relevant information. It's the best way to keep up with your boxes, make sure your owls are safe and to give your box program the greatest chance possible for success.

Box Cleaning
Have the Hungry Owl Project take care of your box cleaning. Our box cleaners are trained and effecient. Boxes enrolled in the monitoring program are granted a discounted cleaning rate.

Owl Cams
Assistance in installing and setting up owl cams to stream to local monitors or the internet.

Contact us to get started today:
info@hungryowl.org - 415-454-4587

 



"The Hungry Owl Project has been great to work with. They have given me a better understanding of how to manage the owls and use them to my best advantage. We have had a good success rate with an increasing number of owls using our boxes. Working with the Hungry Owl Project means I have one less thing to think about and that is good."

Mark Pasternak
Vineyard Owner/Manager, Board Member Marin County Wine Growers Association Board Member for Petaluma Grape and Wine Alliance Alternate Commissioner for Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission

Our Monitoring Team in the field.