Fields, Prairies and Savannahs
An owl on a farm is a blessing because they keep the mice, rats, snakes and other rodents from damaging the crops and eating the produce after harvesting. The most common owls found around fields and grasslands are Barn Owls and the Burrowing Owls.
Barn Owls will nest in the rafters of barns, thus their name. Where, however, do owls nest around fields, prairies, savannahs, meadows or golf courses?
Burrowing Owls receive their name from their preference to nest in the ground. Burrowing Owls typically occupy the burrows of prairie dogs, ground squirrels or other burrowing animals. However, when a burrow is unavailable, the owls excavate their own burrow or nest in an open, manmade structure such as an old drainpipe.
Burrowing owls' habitats are becoming increasingly endangered due to climate change and destruction of prairie lands from encroachment by humans, which have diminished the number of burrowing animals. Burrowing owls are endangered in Canada. In the U.S., their habitat is under careful watch by environmentalists, while in Mexico, the burrowing owl is on the threatened list.