Friday, August 02, 2013
The Barn Owl has Officially Arrived!
It's been an incredibly busy week with Natural Playground progress, a long meeting, trying to finish up the Rusty and Iris program I'm giving tomorrow night (still not done yet), Owl Center plans, an injured owl, etc., etc. But hallelujah! The Barn Owl has officially arrived!
The owl has spent the last several months with rehabbers Sue and Merv Broten in Chaseburg, WI. As with most rehabbers, they are always busy, and always need more cage space. So they were VERY happy to send the Barn Owl to its new home with us--so happy they drove it over themselves! (OK, so they wanted to see the Great Horned Owl breeding and research set up in person too....)
The owl is not at all comfortable with humans yet, so it will be a slow process to get it used to people. We will not put jesses (leather straps) on its legs until it is more calm. For now we'll just let it get used to its new living quarters, where the perches are, what they're good for, etc.
And now I get to learn about Barn Owl behavior....