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Barred Owl

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1997

Barred owl (Strix varia) at the Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, Sitka, Alaska. Hoot, a Barred Owl is a casualty of environmental disturbance. As a nestling, her nest tree was inadvertently cut down. She and a sibling were sent to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Ketchikan. Her sibling suffered no major injuries and was soon released. Hoot, however, sustained a gash to her right shoulder which, though now healed, left her unable to fly powerfully enough or silently for hunting in the wild. She now travels to schools and makes public appearances in Southeast Alaska and the lower 48 to help raise awareness about wild birds.


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