Speaker Series: Exploring the World of the Barn Owl with Scott Rashid

Doors open at 6:30 PM, Talk starts at 7:00 PM

Both members and non-members welcome.

Since 2014 Scott Rashid has been conducting a Barn Owl research project through the
Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute which he founded. Scott will share facts and insights gained from CARRI’s research. It may motivate you to provide nest boxes if you have the right habitat for these charismatic owls!

Meet Scott Rashid
Artist, researcher, bird rehabilitator, author, and director of a nonprofit are only a few things that describe Scott Rashid. Scott has been painting, illustrating and writing about birds for over 30 years.

In 2011, Scott created the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute, or CARRI, in Estes Park. Members of the nonprofit rehabilitate injured birds found in and around Estes Park and research birds in and around RMNP, Estes Park and the Front Range of Colorado.

Scott and members of CARRI study many avian species including, Northern Pygmy-Owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls, Great Horned Owls, Boreal Owls, Northern Goshawks and many other species including songbirds and Hummingbirds.

In 2014, members of CARRI began a Barn Owl Research Project to see if they could increase the numbers of Barn Owls nesting in Northern Colorado. Since 2014, they have built and placed 28 nest boxes for Barn Owls the Barn Owls have raised hundreds of owlets all of which have been banded by Scott and his team.

Through their research, members of CARRI have proven that Barn Owls are 100% beneficial, feeding upon hundreds of small destructive rodents such as voles and mice each nesting season. Furthermore, even though Barn Owls nest in the same nest boxes each season, they are seldom, if ever, the same individuals that had previously nested in the box. CARRI members have found many other facts about Barn Owls that were previously unknown. This is the information that Scott will expound upon during his talk.

In 2019, Scott located and documented the first Boreal Owl nest in the history of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

Scott has written and had published four books Small Mountain Owls, The Great Horned Owl (an in-depth Study), Northern Goshawk, the Gray Ghost and Exploring the World of the Barn Owl. He has also written and had published several papers on a variety of avian species.