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Thursday 30th December 2010

I said on the last blog that it would be my last until 2011. I find myself with a few moments to spare in that no man’s land in between Christmas and New Year. The Owl Centre has finally got back to a semblance of normality, as we were able to start doing a daily clean on Tuesday the 28th. It’s taken a few days, but things are back up to standard. This has been the longest period without a clean in my time here at the World Owl Trust. It was over a month. Having said that, everything froze solid, so it was all fresh!

We did lose a couple of singletons, the Cuckoo Owlet and the Spotted Owlet, both were old and this cold spell probably tipped them over the edge. On brighter note, the Ferruginous Pygmy Owls and the Indian Eagle Owls both appear to have been successful. I know the Ferruginous have at least one juvenile, and the Indians look very hopeful, as the male is taking the morning feed directly to the female, but I haven’t had a confirmed sighting of an owlet yet, so I will hold off until then before saying they have definitely bred.

I mentioned in the last blog that we are doing a high profile sponsored walk in Spain in the next year, for details see the sponsored walk 2011 article on the home page. I mention it now, mindful of the demands which are upon us for the New Year. After the festive season the adverts usually change to selling summer holidays, but this year it’s been a bit more sober and reflective, with charities asking you to donate to their worthy causes. On seeing these adverts, I feel almost embarrassed to ask people to donate to our cause, as people may possibly feel that there are worthier causes to support with their dwindling financial resources than the World Owl Trust. There are many reasons for the world’s current ills, most of which are historical, and if we are honest, caused mostly by the aftermath of ‘western imperialism’, where much of the third world was divided by a few European powers, ourselves included, and our culture and values forced upon the indigenous people. Much of these folk’s knowledge and culture was destroyed in the name of imperialism, and their ways of living in harmony with their world, which would have taken countless generations to build was lost forever, leading to the present day problems, where land and new nations are divided not according to ethnic boundaries, but rather according to which European power claimed over lordship in the first place. Many of the wars and environmental disasters can also be attributed to this. Whilst it is only right that we have a moral obligation to help relieve the suffering in these third world countries, we must also address the causes. We have to not only learn to get along with each other, but we have to have a more far sighted approach to how we manage the land. Will the highest profit yield now, be the best for long term prosperity? Our ethos is to help the world’s endangered owls. It may at first glance be a long way removed from what I have just been talking about, but owls are found in every different habitat on the face of the earth, (with the exception of Antarctica and the oceans of course), many of which are declining or facing extinction, often symptomatic of how we have changed our land management. Like any other creature, they need their habitat, which provides them with food and shelter. If we alter this, we often take these things away from them with the ensuing results.

We altered the way we manage the land in the UK, causing an alarming decline in the Barn Owl population. I mention this because it is in our own back yard. Owl species’ global decline can be attributed to our irresponsible way of managing land for short term gain, and fighting against nature rather than working alongside and with it. This is something our forefathers knew more of than we do in these modern ‘enlightened’ times.

I know we can’t turn the clock back 5000 years, but we need to manage our natural resources more responsibly. If we look after the world’s owls, at the top of the food chain, we are a long way down the road to achieving this aim. I mention Barn Owls in the UK, as we have to start in our own back yard. This why this year’s sponsored walk is going to be high profile, and why I am asking you to support us.

I’ve had my rant now, and I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Wulf
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