Example of a recent painting, showing an interest in habitats and life cycles. These tiny Western Screech Owls (Megascops kennicottii macfarlanei) were nesting here every year, in the same area. This summer (2019) we didn't see or hear any except briefly at the beginning of the summer, so we are not sure where they went or if something happened to them.
There are very few of these small raptors left in British Columbia. In the conservation area, the small Western Screech Owls usually stay well hidden, but occasionally we see one or two parent owls keeping a watch over their young. It is a very special treat when we hear the quiet bouncing trills go back and forth in the middle of the night, but when they make more agitated sounds we always wonder what dangers they might be facing.
This painting is currently on display at the Kelowna Public Art Gallery in British Columbia until February 2020. The original is available, but it cannot be sold until after this show ends.