Metro Vancouver’s regional parks are home to a vast array of splendid wildlife. When we are fortunate
enough to cross paths with any critters or creatures we should remember to be respectful and take every precaution to keep ourselves, and our wildlife safe and comfortable. This video of a family of barred owls taken by Mark Daly of nature as art is a prime example of how cautious and courteous behaviour can lead to safe and magical interactions with animals. By keeping an appropriate distance, staying quiet, and leaving when he causes the owls any distress, Daly manages to capture stunning images in our regional parks.
Barred owls, identified by their brown belly stripes, dark eyes and their familiar call (“Who cooks for you?”) are reliant on coniferous and mixed forests and are often confused for their endangered relatives the spotted owl. This family of barred owls allows us a rare peek at their curious and fascinating lives, that we at Pacific Parklands Foundation aim to protect. Our favourite parts occur at 12:20, 32:55, and 41:40, but we expect you won’t want to skip ahead.
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