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Young Barn Owls released at Sokol Blosser Winery

Posted by thunsdorfer at Aug 22, 2014 11:55 AM |

Aug. 22, 2014: Yesterday evening, the Audubon Society of Portland released three young Barn Owls at Sokol Blosser Winery near McMinnville, Ore. They arrived at the Wildlife Care Center this spring as orphans, and after spending a few months growing rapidly and learning to hunt, they were ready to return to the wild.

Young Barn Owls released at Sokol Blosser Winery

A young Barn Owl receives an exam in the Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Yesterday evening, we released three young Barn Owls at Sokol Blosser Winery near McMinnville, Ore. The site is a great fit for all involved: The winery and its surrounding woodlands and fields provide good Barn Owl habitat, and the winery's owners are happy to have a source of natural rodent control in the area.

The three owls arrived at the Wildlife Care Center this spring as orphans, and after spending a few months growing rapidly and learning to hunt, they were ready to return to the wild. Best of luck to them!

Video of the release is included below, courtesy of Sokol Blosser Winery.

Young Barn Owl - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
A young Barn Owl receives an exam in the Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
Veterinarian Deb Sheaffer examines a young Barn Owl - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
Veterinarian Deb Sheaffer examines a young Barn Owl in the Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
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