When my co author, Peter Thiemann, and I were working on our Great Gray Owl book we came to realize that there were several things interested humans could do to aid the big birds in their fight for survival. Not use Agent Orange and other toxic herbicides on clear cuts. Not poison mountain meadows with pesticides that kill rodents and shrews. And erect next platforms. We worked with the local Audubon Society Jackson County to begin a nest platform program. Since then Rogue Valley Audubon volunteers and donors have put up over a dozen GGO nest platforms in known breeding territories. Peter, my co-author, actually built the first group of the new platforms. One of the first donors to the new platform program was Klamath Basin Audubon Society…and today I learned that Oregon Birding Association has just awarded Rogue Valley Audubon a $500 grant to erect more platforms! Yes!
Lee French of Ashland has been helping build the recently erected platforms and today he saw his first GGO of the year at Two Pines Meadow and sent this fuzzy pic from his handheld point-n-shoot.Thanks to Lee, to KLamath birders to RVAS and to OBA as well as all the other GGO lovers who are heloing these owls.