Barn Owl Reintroduction
To breed and reintroduce barn owls to supplement stocks in the Czech Republic
Although globally not threatened, the European barn owl, Tyto alba, occurs now in much lower numbers than in the first half of the 20th century. Agriculture intensification in the 1940s, organochloride pesticides in the 1950s and 60s, and rodenticides in the 1970s and 80s, had disastrous effects on many barn owl populations. E.g. in the United Kingdom a steady decline in barn owl numbers during the 20th century has accelerated to such a degree that the current population is estimated to be only 3000 breeding pairs, from a 1950 estimate of 7000.
A few decades ago, the Central European barn owl was quite a common bird in former Czechoslovakia. More recently however, the Czech barn owl population decreased significantly.
The goal of the project is to restore the Czech barn owl population by improving its habitat and reinforcing it through the release of ex situ bred or rehabilitated wild birds.
WAZA Conservation Project 05041 is implemented by the Zoological Garden Ostrava, in cooperation with the Bartosovice Wildlife Rescue Centre and the Czech Barn Owl Study Group (BirdLife).
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