• SPCA Wild Celebration: releasing rehabilitated Great Horned Owls to the wild

    Each year, Monterey County SPCA Wildlife Center rescues and attempts to rehabilitate more than 2500 injured an orphaned wild animals, with the goal of releasing them to their native habitat.

    Great Horned Owls are among the orphans often rescued. They may fall from their nests or be blown out by a storm and are brought to the Wildlife Center for help.

    Often they are re-nested with their parents, or even placed in a laundry basket bolted to a tree so they can be fed and “educated” by their own parents. Also available is Mama Owl, a surrogate mother who lost part of her wing in a collision with a power wire. She cannot be released to the wild, so she has, for more than 10 years, taught orphaned owlets all about hunting, interaction with other owls, and perhaps most importantly to dislike humans.

    This year two Great Horned Owls were orphaned at about the same time and rehabilitated. The time to release them coincided with the SPCA’s annual “wild celebration,” a popular fund-raiser, held this year at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley. The privilege to release them is auctioned, and as has happened before, Jeanne Holmquist won the bid. She decided to give the opportunity over to two little girls, who released the owls to the wild one at a time and, to the delight of the crowd, watched them fly away.

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 10, 2013

    Topics: Green

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