Two barred owls seriously injured in collisions with cars in late 2010 will be given another chance at life in the wild thanks to the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center.
The Sequim-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation nonprofit announced it will make the release of the two rehabilitated barred owls in Port Angeles and Port Townsend open to the public and media during the “Barred Owl Weekend,” set for April 2-3.
The first barred owl, originally injured and rescued in Port Townsend, will be released at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at 905 Hidden Trail Road, Port Townsend.
The second owl, a Clallam County rescue, will be released at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at 800 Lindberg Road, Port Angeles — opposite the Peninsula Golf Clubhouse.
This second release is in collaboration with the North Olympic Land Trust, the land conservation organization providing the site of its annual Streamfest celebration as location for the release.
“The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center made it possible to return the injured bird to the wild and the North Olympic Land Trust helps provide the habitat it needs,” said Michele D’Hemecourt, the land trust’s conservation director. “This is a great partnership to celebrate.”
Matthew Randazzo, the raptor center’s public relations director, added, “These two young male barred owls came to the center weak, discombobulated and unable to fend for themselves after being hit by cars. Thanks to the expert care of our director, Jaye Moore, and the brilliant veterinarians at Greywolf Veterinary Hospital, they have recuperated and proven their physical and mental fitness to return to the wild.”