RROKI and our stellar Barn Owls will be joining the Buckley Hills Audubon Society, as they officially dedicate the Barn Owl House they are putting up at Talon Winery (7086 Tates Creek Road in Lexington,KY), 1:00pm on Sunday, February 16th. Everyone is welcome.
This is part of a National Audubon Society collaborative funding grant that the Buckley Hills Audubon Society has co-funded with assistance from Home Depot. The project aims to put Barn Owl Houses up at as many local wineries as funding and winery willingness will allow. Barn Owls are a bird of "special concern" in Kentucky, meaning there aren't enough of them, and we are concerned that they may be headed for the Threatened Species List. After Sunday's dedication, please also join a Talon wine tasting ($5 per person). Talon is also a decent place to backyard bird count--with a number of different waterfowl on the small ponds.
Snowy Owl Admitted - January 2014
We are sorry to report the Snowy did not make it. She died very suddenly January 5 in the morning. She was given a fresh mouse, jumped it and ate immediately and 10 minutes later was dead. The necropsy report shows she died of an aneurysm of the Carotid Artery, and confirmed that she was a female. We feel truly privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such an incredible bird.
Although we are sad, there are several good things that came out of this. If Sally Seyal and Lauren Young had not rescued her, she would have starved or died anyway, been hit by a car, and/or her body would’ve been torn apart by vultures or dogs. Instead, she died a peaceful death with us, in a safe place with plenty to eat. And her time with us helped us raise public awareness of RROKI and these magnificent birds. It was an educational opportunity for many and a better ending for her than she would have had in the wild.
By now, our friends in the Louisville area have heard about our latest rehab bird - a beautiful Snowy Owl. It was found next to the Gene Snyder Expressway, and is very underweight. It has now been to the vet, and is taking medicine. We feed it a liquid diet several times a day, and it's actually started eating mice, so it is doing well. The Snowy ate a total of 7 mice today totaling about 350g. That's good. He is taking the mice from our hands so that is totally not a typical behavior of a wild bird.
Many people are calling and want to visit this unusual bird. However, please remember that we run a hospital for sick birds, and cannot allow visitors to any of the rehab birds. If you would like to help, donations for the Snowy Owl, and all the other raptors who come for rehabilitation would be greatly appreciated. Send your checks to Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, PO Box 206186, Louisville, KY 40250.