So, Who Cooks For You?

Imagine a Vermont spring night, the sky a velvety black save for the sparkle of a thousand stars. The wood frogs bark to their loves from the marsh while an opossum casually rambles through the thicket. The lull of the evening is broken by the low, resounding call of someone with a question. “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” The barred owl is awake. Barred owls are often heard and not seen. Their charming call – which sounds a lot like “who-cooks-for-you?” – is a treat to hear.

This barred owl came in to VINS Wildlife Services after colliding with a vehicle. He presented with two fractures in his left wing. He was also weak and lethargic. His wing was wrapped for about three weeks to keep it immobilized. He has since been receiving physical therapy under anesthesia to essentially “un-stiffen” his muscles and tendons. Soon, this owl will be sent into our flight cage where we will be able to see how well he flies with his newly healed wing.


  1. SpiceMama on March 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about this guy’s release. Very cool footage, Meghan!

  2. SpiceMama on March 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    This is great, Meghan! I can’t wait to see when this guy is ready to fly on his own.

  3. Unknown on March 14, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    As a student nurse, it is both really interesting to read about the care of the birds both anatomically and physiologically; it is also really refreshing for someone who cares for humans all the time. I am totally hooked on the blog and can’t wait for this week’s post.
    Oh, and there are owls where I live (Sonoma coast)…I will definitely have to listen for them saying ‘Who cooks for you?’ next time I hear them!

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