I Shall Be Released

Last month we had a surge of barred owls admitted to wildlife services, each one the result of a car collision. We are happy to report that we have begun to release some of them. Watch a video of the latest barred owl release here.

The numbers are in: car collision was the top reason for admission in 2010. That’s 17% of all patients admitted to our facility last year. We’re still not sure why all those barred owls got hit by cars that week in December, but we are glad that so many concerned Vermonters brought them in to us for care.


  1. Anonymous on February 3, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I love hearing the Barred owl during warm evenings! They all get going and sound like monkeys goofing around! We havent heard as many as we did before, they sound distant to us now like they flew to a different place. I hope this summer we get baby Hoos to entertain us! Thank you for the beautiful footage of the release!
    Jen Trampe
    Hartland, VT

  2. Anonymous on February 17, 2011 at 2:37 am

    How is the owl that fell in the whey doing?

  3. VINS on February 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Our ‘whey’-ward Great Horned Owl is still in our care. Although her feathers appear to be in good condition they are still lacking the waterproofing required for survival. We have started to notice feathers in the bottom of the enclosure she is in and are very hopeful the molting process will continue.

    -Ian Miyashiro, Environmental Educator, VINS

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