Barred Owl Weekend

NW Raptor & Wildlife Center Announces “Barred Owl Weekend”

Barred Owl release 2010

Sequim – Two barred owls seriously injured in collisions with cars in late 2010 will be given another chance at life in the wild thanks to the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center. The Sequim-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation nonprofit has announced that it will make the release of the two rehabilitated barred owls in Port Angeles and Port Townsend open to the public and media during the “Barred Owl Weekend” of April 2-3.

The first barred owl, originally injured and rescued in Port Townsend, will be released on Saturday April 2 at 5:30 pm at 905 Hidden Trail Road in Port Townsend. The second owl, a Clallam County rescue, will be released on Sunday April 3 at 5:30 pm at 800 Lindberg Road in Port Angeles opposite the Peninsula Golf Clubhouse. This second release will be done in collaboration with the North Olympic Land Trust, the land conservation organization which is providing the site of its annual Streamfest celebration as location for the release.

Barred Owl release.

“The Land Trust is helping the Mantooths, the owners of the property where the Port Angeles owl will be released, to permanently protect essential habitat for wildlife,” said Michele D’Hemecourt, the Conservation Director of NOLT. “NWRWC made it possible to return the injured bird to the wild, and NOLT helps provide the habitat it needs. This is a great partnership to celebrate. We welcome the opportunity to work with NWRWC now and in the future.”

“These two young male barred owls came to the Center weak, discombobulated, and unable to fend for themselves after being hit by cars,” said Matthew Randazzo, the Center’s Public Relations Director. “Thanks to the expert care of our director, Jaye Moore, and the brilliant veterinarians at Greywolf Veterinary Hospital, they have recuperated and proven their physical and mental fitness to return to the wild.”

More information about the events can be found on www.facebook.com/northwestraptorcenter.