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Barn Owl

Barn Owl presumed male young adult

Year Injured: 2009 hatch year

Added to collection: April 2009 6 weeks at intake

BarnOwl w/toy

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Eurasian Eagle Owl female young adult

Added to collection: 2003 at 7 weeks of age

Baby EEOwl

The Eagle Owl was born in Missouri as a captive bred education animal. We received her when
she was 7 weeks old, a huge ball of dandelion fluff with gargantuan feet.

Eagle owls are native to Europe and Asia and are considered the largest owls in the world,
cousins to the Great Horned owl of North America.

Our Eagle Owl is quite personable. Among other things, she is an enthusiastic bather and will
plop into her bath tray on a daily basis. No prissy bath for this girl,either. This is a full-on Journey to the Bottom of the Sea. She dips and flutters, shakes and shimmies till most of the water is spread hither and yon and she is a soggy, dripping, droopy-feather mop. She has also been known to drag other items in with her... toys, towels, even her breakfast!

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Great Horned Owl male adult

Year Injured:June 2002

Added to collection:2002

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The Great Horned owl was transferred from Pendleton, Oregon where he had permanently injured his wing. X-rays later showed a dislocation at the shoulder (resulting in a wing droop).

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Western Screech owl

Western Screech Owl
presumed female

Year Injured: 2010

Added to collection: 3/2011

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The screech owl is often mistaken for a baby Great Horned owl, but make no mistake, this pint-sized terror is a full adult. She came to NBC from Gold Country Wildlife in Auburn with a permanent head trauma that has left her with impaired sight in both eyes.

When she was first added to the collection she was an escape artist, regardless of her lack of proper sight. She was excellent at a sudden burst strategy that actually resulted in her unplanned release. It was the weather that convinced her of the benefits of captivity, as she was found in a neighbor’s backyard bush the next day, sopping wet and more than willing to return to the NBC B&B.

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Northern Saw Whet Owl
presumed female


Added to collection: 6/2011

Saw Whet owl

The saw whet owl was found in the middle of the road near the Shell Oil refinery in Martinez.
She had suffered a badly dislocated wing which became a permanent injury.

Saw whet owls have just recently become noticeable in the Bay Area. Typically they are
birds of the foothill forests, nesting in tree cavities. With the increase of artificial
wood duck boxes being installed in many places, saw whet owls are usurping the boxes and establishing breeding populations.

The epitome of “cute”, Saw whets are ferocious small owls in their own right. Our girl will
definitely scold us and, when truly annoyed, give us “The Glare”.

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