Pinelands Sound Gallery
Photo courtesy of C.S. Robbins, USGS
The Eastern screech owl (Otus asio) is a small, nocturnal, predatory bird with prominent ear tufts and yellow eyes. Some of these owls have rusty plumage, while others are dark gray. Their excellent camouflage makes it difficult to spot them hiding out in tree branches and hollows by day, but a trained observer can easily hear their whinnies and songs both day and night. Listen to the call of an Eastern screech owl recorded at the Pinelands acoustic monitoring site.
Did You Know?
National Parks are some of the few places in this country where people can experience a night sky in all its magnificence, without the interference of artificial lights. In fact, a night sky monitoring program is being implemented in the National Park System to inventory light pollution.