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Rehabilitated owls released at Tideman-Johnson Park

By David F. Ashton
The Bee

A cadre of wildlife admirers and friends of Portland Audubon Society gathered in Tideman-Johnson Park on September 27, after word got out that two screech owls would be released along the park’s Johnson Creek boardwalk.

A cadre of wildlife admirers and friends of Portland Audubon Society gathered in Tideman-Johnson Park on September 27, after word got out that two screech owls would be released along the park’s Johnson Creek boardwalk.

While walking down to the park, Dr. Deb Sheaffer, DVM, staff veterinarian with the Portland Audubon Society’s Care Center, told THE BEE about the event. “We’re releasing two owls that have been in our care — an adult that got caught in a rodent ‘sticky trap’, and a juvenile that had been attacked.”

They chose this particular release location, Sheaffer explained, because the adult owl most likely lived in the area before becoming entrapped at a nearby Ardenwald/Johnson Creek home.

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