We have two birds on our education team this 2019/2020 winter!
Rickie is a Northern Saw-whet Owl, hatched in May 2017. Discovered in a nest box with 6 older siblings, she was the smallest and least likely to survive. BBO got permission and permits to rescue her from the nest box when she was just 4 days old, and ever since then, she has been hand raised and is now imprinted on humans and thinks she’s one of us. Rickie is pet-able and great for all ages, especially younger children.
Ray C is our Great Grey Owl, hatched April 2019. Researchers were observing a nest of Great Grey Owls that was over a month behind other nests, usually indicative of a pair breeding for the first time. They noticed that one of the two chicks was in very poor shape. Nutrient deficient and not developing properly, the decision was made to pull the chick from the nest to save its life. Now being raised in captivity by a local biologist, Ray C is now healthy, growing quickly and very soon will be in full adult plumage. Still in training, Ray C is a beautiful display bird for all to enjoy, though is not pet-able at this time.