The Short-eared Owl is an open-country, ground-nesting species found in marshes, grasslands, shrublands, and tundra across North America and around the world. They feed on small mammals (e.g. mice, voles, shrews), but sometimes they take birds. Short-eared Owls perform beautiful, elaborate courtship displays during spring evenings (click here to watch Neil Paprocki's video of the owl's courtship display)
Evidence suggests that Short-eared Owl populations are experiencing long-term, range-wide, substantial declines in North America, and the National Audubon Society Climate Program has classified the species as “Climate-Endangered”.
For more information about the Short-eared Owl visit the All About Bird Website.