Wild animals deserve to be free. That is WRR’s first responsibility and greatest challenge: to release the birds and animals in our care back to the wild. At times that is not possible, the injuries are too great for the bird to survive on its own. Sometimes that bird is destined to become an ambassador to the world of man, educating children and adults alike to the beauty and efficiency of the natural world. WRR is proud to have four education owls on site:
Meet WRR’s Ambassadors from the wild:
Shredder is a Great Horned Owl who has been teaching humans about owls for 13 years and fostering orphan baby Great Horned Owls for the past 9 years. In summer 2013 Shredder welcomed 5 orphans, drawing them in under her beautiful wings and eventually teaching them to fly and to hunt. Shredder’s “horns” are actually tufts of feathers and have nothing to do with her ears but her hearing IS excellent: she can hear a mouse scrambling under a foot of snow. Her ragged wing feathers give her a virtually soundless flight. Shredder is unable to return to the wild because she is blind in her left eye so she is unable to hunt well enough to support herself. Shredder will be retiring as an education owl but she will continue to foster the babies who need her.
Sophie is a Snowy Owl who arrived in Wisconsin with a detached retina and weakened shoulder muscles which make her unable to hunt adequately for herself or to fly long distances. Sadly, Snowy is not able to return to the Arctic and Northern Canadian wilds that should be her Winter homeland but remains in Wisconsin to teach us.
Barker is a Barred Owl who is blind in one eye from a detached retina. Barred Owls do not have the head tufts some species of owls have, giving his head a smooth rounded appearance. Barred Owls in the wild can sometimes be attracted to nest in a box with a large opening attached to a tree.
Owlivia is a Saw-whet owl who weighs 3.6 oz. and is 6″ tall. Owlivia has a detatched retina and is a weak flyer. She came to WRR from the Raptor Center in Minnesota.
Please contact WRR if you would like to schedule a visit to your school or organization by one of the Ambassador Owls.
It costs $2.00 per day per owl to keep the Ambassador Owls fit, well-fed and healthy. Their food must be purpose-bred mice and rats to ensure they don’t ingest any pesticides or poisons. You can help support one of The Ambassadors by going to the WRR Donations page.