Winter is coming! We are extremely excited to announce that after years of searching, and nine months of work and waiting, we now have approval from both our USFWS office here in Denver and the Region 3 office in Minnesota to acquire this non-releasable male snowy owl.
He was found down in a farm field on January 11, 2018 with a right wrist fracture. He was originally banded December 30, 2014 at Tilbury Airport in Ontario, Canada, and his weight at banding was 41 oz; he has since been definitively DNA-sexed as male. Based on his sub-adult plumage at banding, we are estimating him to be five to six years old. Snowy owl plumage can be VERY tricky when identifying age and gender.
We're going to re-model our large owl enclosure so the snowy owl can have his own area. This is where we need your help...please see below. He will be staying with Anne at her facility (as all our new birds do) to assess his flight ability, learn to sit on a perch and stand on a glove. Until we determine how much training he'll need, we don't know exactly when his first public appearance will be. However, we'll be holding a special debut for REF members, just in time for some nice cold weather!
Two of REF's directors are going to drive out to Davenport, Iowa to pick him up, in a marathon road trip from roughly October 16-19. We are unwilling to risk the airlines (it would be two flights, with a stopover at Charlotte, NC…not the place to be right now!) for this incredibly-rare opportunity. A Seattle member has helped arrange a free stay in Omaha for the first part of this mad dash east. Thank you Susan!
By the way, if you're not aware of this awesome project and their research, check them out: www.projectsnowstorm.org. We're going to be consulting with them on some of the finer points of husbandry for our new star.
Because acquiring a raptor is a slow and laborious process, it's often difficult to project when we will need to budget for housing, transportation, etc. Every case is very different and brings with it unique challenges, as it was for our young female bald eagle. We hope you will support us as we work to bring our new ambassador, the largest and most powerful in North America, to his new home in Brighton, Colorado.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your ongoing help as we move into fall, and hopefully cooler temps for our new family member. We are hugely appreciative of your support!
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