Eight few-months-old barn owlets were brought to the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center -- a Sequim, WA-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation non-profit -- to be raised after being orphaned as small chicks. With the help of two barn owl surrogate moms who are permanent residents of the Center, the eight owls have all reached flying age and are being prepared for a soft-release into the wild. Soft release describes a gradual return to the wild whereby an animal receives support, shelter and food until it is entirely able to fend for itself.
This video shows the owls in their long flight enclosure getting a workout.
An important part of surviving in the wild for a barn owl is the learning how to pounce (to kill their prey) and the importance of branching and flying. One video is in a controlled environment and the other a natural environment.
A: They’re ''12'' tail feathers on the barn owl. Usually with 4 dark brown striped bands and 6in long