AL BURIAMI: Five species of rare and endangered owls were monitored in Al Buraimi Governorate.
Mohammed bin Salim al Balushi, an environmental systems specialist at the Environment Authority, said the discovery was the fruit of 4 years of continuous efforts. He added that the owl species monitored in Al Buraimi Governorate were the Pharaoh eagle-owl, the short-eared owl, the barn owl, the little owl and the Pallid scops owl.
Al Balushi confirmed that the breeding process through hatching of these species was monitored with the exception of the short-eared owl, which is considered a migratory bird. He pointed out that photographing the owls was a difficult task that took four years in different places of the governorate, adding that the monitoring process introduces the community members, specialists and researchers to wildlife and the importance of preserving rare and endangered species.
Al Balushi pointed out that the next step is to preserve and protect these species and follow in their habitats, explaining that their whereabouts won’t be disclosed so as to protect them from poaching. — ONA