Barn owls and kestrels in the Middle East


This is a barn owl video from the USA.

From BirdLife:

Flying mouse-traps clean up fields

15-04-2009

Barn Owls Tyto alba and Common Kestrels Falco tinnunculus are being encouraged by farmers in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to control agricultural pests instead of using harmful chemicals. “The two species provide round-the-clock predation of mice, rats and voles and have been used throughout history as natural pest controllers”, said Dr Yossi Leshem – Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI; BirdLife in Israel). “A pair of Barn Owls alone can eat over 2,000 rodents in a year!” …

During 2005-2008 the project was expanded beyond the borders of Israel, and 37 nesting boxes were erected in Jordanian fields to the east of the Jordan River. In the Muslim tradition, Barn Owls symbolize bad luck and many of the Jordanian farmers were hesitant to cooperate at first. “Once a few Jordanian farmers used Barn Owls instead of chemical pesticides with tremendous success, others were quick to follow suit and were proud of the Barn Owls attracted to their fields by the nesting boxes”, said Dr Leshem.

In parallel, Imad Atrash, Director of the Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS; BirdLife in Palestine), erected 10 nesting boxes for Barn Owls in the fields of Jericho in the Palestinian Authority.

A Jew, an Arab and an owl walk into a barn. Jewish and Arab farmers in northern Israel have recruited avian assistance and adopted a green method of pest control: here.

See also here.

Owls for peace: how conservation science is reaching across borders in the Middle East. A programme that uses birds of prey in place of pesticides has inspired international collaboration: here.

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