The View From the Castle: The successful reintroduction of barn owls to one of our towers was not only for the sake of tradition but of biological harmony

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley announces the reintroduction of the barn owl to one of the towers of the Smithsonian Castle. Ripley explains that garbage left by visitors on the Mall has attracted rats and mice. Barn owls, bred at the National Zoological Park, have been reintroduced to the area to help alleviate the problem.


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  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 5, no. 4 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 1974


  • Rodent populations
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Predation (Biology)
  • Predatory animals
  • Castle View
  • Owls


Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

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