Blandford Welcomes a Barn Owl

28 Aug

Our newest resident, a female Barn Owl, flew in last night from Washington. She has a wing injury that doesn’t allow her to fly, but we aren’t sure exactly what that injury is. She will take another trip sometime next week to our vet for her first checkup.

You guys have no idea how excited we were to meet her!

Within the next few weeks we will be picking out a name for her from the suggestions that you guys have given on facebook or on here, so keep ’em coming. She will be off display inside the center until we feel she is comfortable with both her surrundings and the Wildlife Staff. Here are some pictures of her arrival!

After waiting at the airport for two hours she finally flew in!

Wildlife Staff member Sam Smith shows her excitement!

Taking her out to show her her new home!

There she is!!!!

Welcome to your home!

Want to welcome the Barn Owl yourself? What better way of saying “welcome to Blandford”  then sponsoring our newest addition. Help cover her trips cost, her medical care, and maybe some cool new toys by sponsoring her. Sponsorships start at only $25. Interested? Call Sam at 616-735-6240 ext 15


6 Responses to “Blandford Welcomes a Barn Owl”

  1. Violetmoon6 August 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Will she be kept in this small metal cage? 😦

    • BNC Wildlife Rehab August 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Only until she feels comfortable with us and her surroundings.

    • Karl the Batman August 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      They have a barn enclosure that she shoul be quite comfortable in once she is able to move into it.

      • Violetmoon6 August 30, 2012 at 11:55 am #

        That would be much better then the metal cage

  2. ruthiesmom August 30, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    considering the excellent care received by Schmidt, the owl in rehab, this female owl should have a fine quality of life in her educational landscape. Still thinking about the name, how about Rusty for the darker color of the female.. Also segues into the color you don’t want to see, rust of dried blood from anti-coagulant pesticides, I’m sure part of the educational process. We’d much rather see these creatures that are by design, nature’s “verminators”, controlling vermin rodents. When Schmidt is released back to the wild, will Blandford allow observers? (understandably at a reasonable distance).
    Wait, just a thought, has there been any discussion whether the two might be introduced to one-another as a potential mated pair? Though if the females injury precludes release, the life mate situation would be an issue.

  3. judy fenske August 31, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Since you keep referring to her as “sassy”, perhaps you should call her that. “Sassy”.

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