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Small Owls

 

OWL PHOTOS

WILLOW,  saw-whet owl

Willow, a Northern Saw-Whet Owl, was hit by a car during fall migration and brought to Hawk Creek.  He sustained an injury to his eye that has left him partially blind and unable to be released back into the wild.  While hunting, owls often fly low across roads focused only on their prey, not on approaching vehicles. Collisions with vehicles account for over 60% of the injuries to raptors admitted to rehabilitation facilities.

Hatched: Unknown, Arrived as an Adult: 10/29/2008

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JUNEAU,  saw-whet owl

This male Saw-whet Owl, was hit by a car during migration and brought to Hawk Creek. He sustained an injury to his eye that left him partially blind and unable to be released back into the wild. Northern Saw-Whet Owls migrate through this area in fall and spring to go between their winter and breeding grounds.  Owls have binocular vision and when flying across the road after prey, they can’t always see the cars until it is too late. 

Hatched: Unknown, Arrived as an Adult: 2016

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MOSS,  eastern screech owl

Moss is an eastern screech owl.

 

 

 

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OAKLEY,  eastern screech owl

Oakley is an eastern screech owl.

 

 

 

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LUNA,  barn owl

This male Barn Owl was hatched at Hawk Creek. A favorite in our education programs, he enchants audiences with his delicate beauty. Barn Owls have been associated with the supernatural, witchcraft, omens, and even death. Many ghost stories are believed to have originated from encounters with them. With their light undersides, dark eyes, screams, and “glowing” properties, it can be enough to frighten anyone! His role here is to dispel these myths through education.

Born at Hawk Creek: 4/20/2009

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SOREN,  barn owl

This male Barn Owl was hatched at Hawk Creek. He is part of our flying team, and enchants audiences with his graceful beauty. Soren’s favorite game is almost like hide-and-seek: we hide a recorder that plays sounds of crickets and he has to find it. He gets really excited about this game, and it demonstrates Barn Owls’ incredible hearing, as he has to find the recorder using only sound.

Hatched at Hawk Creek: 5/1/2011

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ECLIPSE,  barn owl

Eclipse is a barn owl.

 

 

 

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ZEUS AND HERA,  barn owls

This breeding pair of barn owls came to us from Arizona with permanent wing injuries which made them both non-releasable. This pair has hatched and raised dozens of owlets that have been released through our re-introduction program and many others have been sent to other wildlife centers for education or breeding programs. Captive breeding programs along with habitat conservation are vital to maintaining sustainable populations of barn owls.

Arrived as Adults: 9/28/2008

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