Owl Box Monitoring

Let us help you keep up with your nesting boxes with an annual site visit and monitoring report. Whether your owl boxes are on a vineyard, estate, or residence, owl box monitoring will help keep you informed about the activity in your boxes. To have your boxes monitored, please fill out the Owl Box Monitoring request below. The safest time to monitor owl boxes is from late April to early June.

For the health and safety of the owls we must monitor the boxes in silence, so in most cases we aren’t able to be accompanied by property owners or groups during monitoring.

Owl Box Monitoring Request

Answering no may allow us to get monitoring done more quickly. We will send progress updates as needed via email either way.
If possible, please enter the GPS coordinates for each of your boxes in this field. Please enter one coordinate per line with no other text using Decimal Degree (DD) format. An example of the correct format is below. iPhone and Android both have apps available that will accurately identify latitude and longitude. After installing, quietly stand within viewing range about 10 or 20 feet away from each box so as not to disturb the owls. Copy the GPS coordinates for each location into a text document.
If possible, please provide GPS coordinates for each box. If that is not possible, please provide brief written directions that our staff will use to find each box, starting at the above address.
We require payment before sending staff to your location to monitor boxes. If one or more of your boxes is inaccessible because of height, terrain, or for any other reason we reserve the right to decline monitoring on a per-box basis if safety is an issue. We will make recommendations to address the issue either way and send updates via email. Payment for monitoring is non-refundable.

Owl Box Monitoring Process

The Hungry Owl Project monitoring team will visit your owl boxes in the late spring to early summer (depending on what stage the nesting owls are at in your area). We inspect each box with very discrete monitoring equipment and then provide you with a monitoring report.

The monitoring report includes the following info for each box:

  • Occupancy: Whether the box shows any activity, how many owls or other occupants are present, approximate ages of any owls present (eggs, chicks, juveniles, adults).

  • Occupancy rate: What percentage of your boxes are occupied.

  • If cleaning is required: We'll let you know if your boxes require cleaning or not.

  • Recommendations and other info: From changes in nearby trees, to new construction, to nests of predators and pests and everything in between. We'll let you know if there's anything relevant to your boxes and if there is anything that can be done to improve the effectiveness and safety of your nesting boxes.

For current owl box monitoring prices, please see our price list. Monitoring occurs in between late spring and early summer, depending on what stage the nesting owls are at in your area. Because the tools and techniques we use to monitor boxes are designed around our installation process and box design, we are only able to offer monitoring services for Hungry Owl Project nesting boxes.