That’s the sound Litchfield Garden Club (LGC) members hope to hear as owls find their way into their brand new nesting boxes. The Conservation Committee, chaired by Grace Yagtug, commissioned the Washington Supply Company in Washington Depot CT to supply homes for the Eastern Screech-Owl. To date, fifteen boxes have been purchased by members with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Conservation budget.
The new owl boxes will be installed at various locations in Litchfield and the surrounding area. While the dimensions of the boxes are preferred by Eastern Screech-Owls, other birds, particularly kestrels, can create nests as well.
The implications of this small conservation step are significant. Each owl pair produces approximately five or six babies. LGC efforts have the potential to create homes for up to ninety new baby owlets. Small steps can make a big difference.