Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Owl Release at Winter Carnival

One by one the barred owl patients in Wildlife Services are recovering from their vehicle collision injuries. On Saturday, visitors at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science were treated to an owl release as part of the day's Winter Carnival festivities.

Watch a video of Saturday's release here.

Snow was falling as VINS Wildlife Services intern Kasey Hopkins told the crowd the story of how the owl came to us. Then Education Programs Coordinator Hannah Putnam released the bird towards the woods in honor of her birthday. Happy Birthday Hannah! After Hannah released the owl it stayed for a long time in the tree before flying off. We often get the question, "Do the birds hang around here after being released?" The answer is no. They don't stay long, and although we have no way of knowing where they do go, we know that we don't see them again after releasing them.

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