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

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Barn owls released at Hillsboro wetland

More on their story
A group of owls separated from their parents and mistakenly taken across the state now have a new home in the wild.
The Audubon Society of Portland released six barn owls at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in Hillsboro on Wednesday.
Four of the young owls were found three months ago nesting in a bale of hay that came to Ridgefield, WA, from Bend.
The farmer who found the baby owls contacted Northwest Bird Rescue, which worked with the Audubon Society to save the owls.
Chris was the man who rescued four of these Barn Owls that were Stowaways from a seven hour trip on the back of a semi trucks load of alfalfa back on May 24th of this year.
The Audubon Society receives groups of barn owls every year that end up in the same situation.
Workers raise them and release them once the birds can fly and hunt.

Read Chris aka "Birdman" story about these owls -
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Hi, I am Christopher Driggins aka “Birdman’ Founder of N.W. Bird Rescue of Vancouver Washington. This was a wonderful release site at the Jackson Bottom Wetland Center located in Hillsboro Oregon. Only a few people know the full story of four of the six released Juvenile Barn Owls. These Barn Owls were originally rescued at 9:30 am in the morning from a farm in Ridgefield Washington. On 5-24-11. The Barn Owls originated from outside of Burns, Oregon. They road on the back of a flatbed trailer full of hay and Alfalfa, nearly a seven hour drive the farmer told me. When these orphaned four owlets arrived at his farm at 9 am, they were scared, dehydrated and hungry.
I arrived around 9:30 and transported them to the Vancouver home of K. Jones, a long time dedicated volunteer of the Portland Audubon. We immediately hydrated all four owlets and let them rest before bringing them to the experienced hands waiting at our Portland Audubon. Bless the folks at our Portland Audubon, they are the true heroes of these owlets’ survival and rehabilitation, they gradually nursed them back to health and taught them to hunt and survive on there own before this release... It was an honor to be part of theses owlets’ survival, it was a joy to be able to release one and say “Good Luck and Have a Good life” As it flew out of my hands. Please support our local Portland Audubon! C.Driggins N.W. Bird Rescue Vancouver Washington