The Owl Papers

Bianca (Photo credit: Laura Dehler)

The Center For Wildlife in Cape Neddick, ME has sent me a Certificate of Adoption for rescue barred owl Bianca!

In 1995 Bianca was hit by a car and suffered a broken wrist; she wasn’t able to be released.  She’s been a foster parent to many other barred owlets and travels often with programs to educate the public.

Barred owls (Strix varia) are the second largest owl in the country, with brown and white feathers all over their body, and a slight golden tinge to the ends of them.  Their name comes from the barring across their chest.  They’re very vocal birds and have an amazing variety of wails, moans, cackles, hisses and laughs.

Like all owls in the Northeast, barred owls are nocturnal and hunt at night.  Their staple food is mice and small mammals, but they will eat frogs, birds, insects and crayfish.  The outer edges of their primary feathers have a fluting edge, which allows them to fly silently over their prey.

Barred Owl

If you’d like to adopt a rescue owl or other rescue wild animal, contact:

Center for Wildlife – Wild Ambassador Adoption Program

PO Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME  03902

Tel: 207-361-1400


Adopting an owl

Here is a photo of my Barred Owl, adopted through the Adopt a Wildlife Ambassador Program offered by the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine.  I chose this one because it reminds me of my owl in “The Owl Keeper” (except this owl is much bigger)!

Photo by Jeff Kaplan

The center is dedicated to rehabilitating sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.  The goal in treating these animals – owls, falcons, hawks, kestrels, turtles, opossums, bats – is to return them to their natural habitats.

Unfortunately, sometimes the injury is too severe and the animal would simply not survive in the wild.  Some of these animals remain at the Center to become an “ambassador” of its species in the education and outreach programs, where they are brought into classrooms, civic organizations, youth group meetings, and wherever else they’re needed.  By adopting one of these animals, the sponsor helps cover costs of food, medical treatment and daily care for one year.

Stay tuned for more!