Thursday, June 9, 2011

Barn Owl

A couple weeks ago our family heard that the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center had a bunch of orphaned baby raccoons who needed a playground. So, we tromped through the woods by my dad's house and loaded up the van with sturdy branches for them to climb around on.

The animals there are in a fragile state, and besides getting healthy it's also important that they don't get too used to (and dependent on) people. For this reason, most of the animals are sequestered. I was able to get a relatively good shot of this barn owl, though. He/she started to display anxiety after I approached, so I took my picture and quickly left the owl in peace.

I discovered the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center two years ago when we had a Steller's Jay with a broken wing. They do such a good service-- the sort of service that's often necessary where humankind and nature collide. If you're interested in learning more about the organization, click here.


  1. Isn't it absolutely beautiful!

  2. It is a nice shot of a bird who (Hooooo!) avoids people. Rehab places like this deserve our recognition and our money.

  3. That barn owl is really beautiful! And good on you for helping take care of animals in need.

  4. That is a pretty picture : I love those birds. In France we call them "dame Blanche" = White lady, because their white face in the dark make think of a ghost... But I think it is also because they are so gracious.