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Barn Owl Babies Reunited with Parents

Photo by Ashley Kinney

During the first week of April 2010, the WCSV received two nestling Barn Owls that had been found at the side of the road after the palm tree they were nesting in had been cut down. In addition to feeding and caring for the owlets, the Center staff and volunteers worked quickly to build a new nest box that could be used to help return the babies to their parents.

On April 9th, the nest box was erected in the same spot the birds were found and the owlets were placed inside. That same evening, a Center volunteer witnessed adult Barn Owls flying around the box and one of them then landed on the box with a snake. Since then, the box has been closely monitored and there is evidence that the young are being well tended to by the adults.

This success story was a joint effort with WildRescue, which provides 24-hour wildlife emergency response services in the Bay Area. Their staff helped guide the reunion and made adjustments to the nest box.

Media Coverage
KTVU Channel 2 aired a segment about the Barn Owls on their April 12th evening newscast. The story was also written up on the NBC Bay Area website.

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