Owls in W Car Body

About 3/4 of the way up 'Doug Scott Route' on Saturday 4/23/11 I heard hissing from the top of the crack. I was able to escape over to 'Road Kill' without causing the nesting owls too much disturbance. Creepy looking little devils.

Anyway, just thought I'd post so people know to stay off the route for now.

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Owls in West Car Body and new raptor buffer zones

Thank you very much for the update Reggie,

The nesting owls at the top of the Doug Scott are notoriously difficult to monitor because they nest in that big, mostly hidden upper crack. The only way to know if they are there for sure is either to climb up or rappel down and look in. In the past years there have been barn owls nesting there. Can identify the species that is nesting there this year?

I've posted a new buffer zone that includes only the immediate area near the nest site. It extends from "Road Kill" and includes "The Doug Scott Route," "Thin Line" (which share anchors) and “No Dental Records and "Boogers on a Lampshade" (also which share anchors. Climbers can climb further back continuing to the end of the canyon beginning with "Neon Nazi" and "Lancelot."

Thank you for respecting these voluntary route closures. They ensure that we can continue to access this public land that is home to many wild animals.

Reggie, if you can help me out with more details by contacting me at dperkins405@yahoo.com that would be great. If I can get a description of the amount of downy feather coverage on the young, I can better estimate when they'll leave the nest and when the buffers zones can be lifted.

Thanks everyone!

Dusty Perkins
BCA Biologist
Science Outreach Coordinator

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