A New Beginning: Rehabilitated Barred Owl is Released

Yesterday I was very privileged to be able to witness a good news story.    A Barred Owl was released back into its home territory after being rehabilitated at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee.   Norma, who is a volunteer driver for the centre, called me and asked me if I would like to witness the owl’s release and take some photos.   Of course I was very interested, and grateful to her for calling me.

Interestingly, owls must be released within their home range of less than 3 kilometres from where they are found.    This one was found hit by a car near a train overpass.   We didn’t want to release it right there of course but found a quiet residential area with woods and a stream within less than a kilometre of where the owl was rescued to release it.   I will just let the photos tell the rest of the story.   It was wonderful to witness.


Norma releasing the owl


Flying strong


Into the woods




Can you spot the owl?


Looking great!


Good luck little owl!

For more information about Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre and to read how you can help please read more here.




  1. What an honour Leslie! This was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great pictures. The first Barred owl I saw was sitting while in a class at Peterboroughs Teacher’s College. It came and sat right out side our window. Needless to say Mr Nellighan had it made for a class.We were enthralled .He allowed us to enjoy the rare moment.

  3. What a great experience, Leslie. As always, pictures wonderful. Thank you.

  4. thanks for sharing this Leslie. It is heartwarming.

  5. Oh my Gosh!!! I loved looking at these pic’s and reading this beautiful owls story with a very happy ending!!! Beautiful Leslie, thanks for sharing!!!

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