SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Barn Owl Rescued

PENDLETON OR — All Donna Zink was trying to do was give a badly injured barn owl a fighting chance to survive. But by keeping and caring for the owl she found about two months ago, the former Mesa mayor was breaking the law.

It is illegal to possess a migratory bird without proper permits, said Larry Klimek, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy project leader for the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

"We encourage turning over all injured migratory birds to a qualified rehabilitator

Zink said she was afraid that if she turned the animal to a rescue organization right away, he would be killed. Part of his wings had been crushed, he had gangrene and looked like he wasn't going to make it. So Zink said she decided to try to nurse it back to health, even though she knew she shouldn't have.

"I would do it again," she said.

On Monday, Zink gave the bird to Blue Mountain Wildlife, a Pendleton-based rescue organization for injured wildlife, mainly birds of prey.
"I'm pretty sure the bird will be able to fly," she said, but the question will be if the owl will be able to fly well enough to survive in the wild. That's something Tompkins won't know until the owl's feathers grow. The wing tips control an owl's flight, and owls hunt while on wing

The owl was not imprinted to people, Tompkins said, and although he has been habituated to people, that's fixable, she said.
If the bird isn't releasable, Tompkins said it may become an education bird. The only other option is euthanization, which neither Tompkins nor Zink wants.
People who find injured birds should take them to a licensed rehabilitator.

I hope to keep you posted about this Barn owl’s recovery.
Blue Mountain Wildlife is eastern Oregon and southeast Washington's primary wildlife rehabilitation and education facility.