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.

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Norma releasing the owl

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Flying strong

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Into the woods

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Gorgeous

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Can you spot the owl?

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Looking great!

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Good luck little owl!

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

 

 

9 Comments:

  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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