"Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all?"

"Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all?"

The Parklands is home to a host of the nation's raptors (or, birds of prey, that hunt and feed on other animals).  Now is a great time to listen to one of the most vocally talented of the group - the barred owl (we're talking about quality calls that would have this owl winning "The Voice").

Our park team has observed regular calling from barred owls in the Prairie Preserve area of Pope Lick Park recently. The calls may be heard all day, but we've noticed a sharp uptick in calls beginning in the early to mid-afternoon time frame.  

The barred owl call is unique and can be easily identified because it sounds clearly like, "who cooks for you, who cooks for you all". While the owls are tough to spot visually, given their secretive nature and very well camouflaged plumage, early fall is a great opportunity to get outdoors and listen their calls that we all too frequently miss in our busy and hectic lives.

For more information on barred owls, please visit this website below (you can also listen to their calls here):

For more information on owls in the park, read this blog post by Naturalist, Michael Gaige. 

Photo by Mike Matthews

About the Author

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Scott Martin

Scott served as the Parks Director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork from 2010 to 2017. Tasked with operating the park, Scott served as member of the leadership team that sought to reapply the metropolitan planning and development lessons of Fredrick Law Olmsted in the new century with the wrinkle of the new model being a private/public partnership. Scott joined The Parklands team in 2010 after serving eight years as the Director of Commerce & Leisure Services in Franklin County, VA. In this capacity, he was part of the County’s leadership team overseeing economic development, parks & recreation, tourism, and pilot open space conservation programs. Prior to Franklin County, Scott spent five years working for the Boise (Idaho) Parks and Recreation Department as the Coordinator of Partnerships during which time he provided staff support and conservation planning for the successful $10 million Foothills Open Space Serial Levy campaign that has preserved over 9,000 acres of land to date. Scott holds a MPA (Natural Resource and Environmental Policy with honors) and BA (Political Science) from Boise State University. Scott and his wife spend their free time kayaking, camping, and hiking.

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