Wednesday, February 10, 2010

all about owls

The boys and I had the pleasure of attending two owl presentations in a day at the end of January. One was put on for our homescholing group (the education bird was a Great Horned Owl) and the other at the local Forest Service building (the education bird was a Great Horned Owl as well as a Grey Owl). Both birds came from the Alaska Wildbird Rehabilitation Center, you can find them here: The trainer/handler was very enthusiastic, it would have been hard not to be interested or excited to learn about their work at the center and the birds there. All the people at the center are volunteers, and the center is run by donations.

Rehabilitation and release are the goals for the birds who come into the facility, however when that is not possible (as was the case for both the owls at the presentations) the birds become education birds. Both of the education owls at the presentations were hit by vehicles. The Great Horned had a wing injury, that required amputation up to what would be our elbow; and the Grey Owl had a wing injury, as well as the loss of sight from one of its eyes.

They were both so very beautiful and we were very grateful to learn about and from them. We were especially impressed by the hearing of the Great Horned. Did you know that if a Great Horned was sitting on a goal post at one end of a football field, it would be able to hear a mouse running at the other end, and in seconds be upon that mouse without the mouse having heard it? The Great Horned Owl flies without sound emanating from its wings. So impressive! Eoghan and I especially like Great Horned Owls as we have called to them, and heard their responses many times in our area.

1 comment:

Melanie said...

What a wonderful experience! My 6 year old son is passionate about birds- especially birds of prey. I'll have to show him this post!