DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is turning to Boyle County residents to aid in the research of barn owls.
Biologist Kate Heyden told The Advocate-Messenger that Boyle County is one of the top three areas in the state for barn owls, which have been declining since the 1960s.
Heyden said there are only about 25 nesting sites statewide for the owls.
Heyden said the department wants to work with landowners to protect the nesting sites.
Barn owls have no ear tufts and measure 14-20 inches tall.
Unlike a traditional hooting owl, barn owls hiss and screech when approached.
Heyden said the owls are given a band with a nine-digit number is placed on their legs to help track their travels and how long they live.