Wednesday, December 2, 2020

OWL LADIES

Devoted owl protectors, Nancy Richie, Lori Fredericks and Eva Schliesser.

Devoted owl protectors, Nancy Richie, Lori Fredericks and Eva Schliesser.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

Lori Fredericks and Eva Schliesser are better known on Marco Island as the ‘Owl Ladies’. They have volunteered to look after the burrowing owl population here for over a decade. Lori and Eva have met weekly with Nancy Richie, City of Marco Island Environmentalist, for 11 straight years to survey and maintain the 91 burrowing owl locations on Marco Island. Nancy commented, “We rarely miss a week! We start at 7:00 AM and work for about 3-4 hours. This time of year, the chicks have fledged, so we cutback weeds with a weed whacker and replace signs, posting stakes and tape. With all the rain it is hard, hot work! Once nesting season begins, we only hand trim and cautiously clean up the sites so we don’t disrupt nesting. When chicks hatch, we count the chicks and make sure the burrows are protected. Volunteers are a vital component to the preservation of our natural surroundings. We couldn’t do it without volunteers like Lori and Eva. We appreciate everything they do!”

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