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.