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For the past three decades, Rick Marsi's name has become synonymous with excellence in the following fields:

 

  • Visually stunning slide programs on nature and travel
  • Guided nature walks that educate and inspire
  • Professionally escorted nature tours in the USA and beyond

 

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

FEATHERY FACIAL DISCS

OWLS USE THEM TO FUNNEL SOUND AND LIGHT INTO THEIR EYES AND EARS AT NIGHT. EARS ARE LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE THE EYES, HIDDEN BY FEATHERS INSIDE EACH DISC.


BARN OWL POPULATIONS HAVE BEEN DECLINING THROUGHOUT THE USA, INCLUDING UPSTATE NEW YORK AND NORTHERN PA. REASONS ARE UNCLEAR, BUT MAY INCLUDE PESTICIDE USE AND A DECLINE IN AVAILABLE BREEDING SITES (BUILDINGS, TREE CAVITIES, CLIFFS).


NORTHERN HAWK OWLS RARELY DEPART THEIR CANADIAN BOREAL FOREST NESTING GROUNDS. IN ALL MY YEARS HERE, I HAVE OBSERVED ONLY TWO WITHIN A TWO-HOUR DRIVE OF HOME: ONE NEAR EQUINUNK PA. AND THE OTHER NEAR COBLESKILL, NY. BOTH OBSERVATIONS CAME IN WINTER, WHEN DWINDLING FOOD SUPPLIES UP NORTH FORCED THE BIRDS SOUTHWARD.


STRICTLY NOCTURNAL, LONG-EARED OWLS ARE UNCOMMON BREEDERS IN NEW YORK STATE. THEIR NUMBERS APPEAR TO BE DECLINING. THEY BREED IN FORESTS ADJACENT TO  OPEN AREAS.


LIKE HAWK OWLS, GREAT GRAY OWLS APPEAR IN THE NORTHEAST ONLY DURING WINTERS WHEN LACK OF FOOD FORCES THEM SOUTHWARD FROM CANADA. LIKE OTHER OWLS FROM THE FAR NORTH, THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE HUNTING DURING DAYLIGHT AND ARE MORE TOLERANT OF HUMAN PRESENCE THAN LOCAL OWLS.

Photos by Rick Marsi.  August 2014. All rights reserved.