Site Created By Elliott Bartels 2009

Friends of Latodami

The Friends of Latodami Environmental Education Center is a group whose mission is to support the Latodami Environmental Education Center and increase community involvement. This includes:

  • Educating the community about the environmental and historic value of Latodami
  • Developing a program to preserve Latodami
  • Actively engaging in the protection and improvement of the environment
We want present and future generations to experience Latodami and the wildlife and native plants of the area first hand and to learn about the importance of habitat conservation. If you are interested in joining us, please send email to!
Latodami has joined in the effort to re-establish a population of self-sustaining Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in Western Pennsylvania. The Barn Owl is a nocturnal grassland species that relies on open fields and grasslands for its survival.  Feeding primarily on small mammals including voles, moles, young rats and various species of mice, the owls once flourished in Pennsylvania. However, their populations have dwindled drastically chiefly due to loss of habitat. Predation, road fatalities, harsh winters and the use of rodenticides also have negative impacts on populations. The Barn Owl is listed as “Endangered” in several states and is considered a species of “special concern” in Pennsylvania.
George was our Barn Owl resident at the Owl Barn in Latodami.  Sadly in late 2009 George passed away.  Recently, renovations of the Owl Barn have been completed with a brand new observation area and a separate bird pen.  We are currently searching for another owl to inhabit the, now empty, Owl Barn, if you know of a bird that would be happy to move in, please contact us!