A juvenile barred owl was released from rehabilitation October 3 as part of Raptor Appreciation Day at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Wildlife Services Intern Jessica Katz had the honors of sending this young raptor back into the woods.
The owl, found orphaned as a baby, was part of a trio of young barreds who made their way into our care this summer. The VINS Wildlife Services staff raised the owls over the summer, taking care not to imprint the impressionable youngsters. Above, watch a video of the owl's release. See a larger version of this video here.