Further evidence of this winter being especially difficult for Barred Owls is mounting. Avian Haven recently shared on their Facebook page that they received 32 Barred Owls into their care in January, bringing their winter (since 1 October 2016) total over 100 individuals.
At Maine Audubon, we’ve had six deceased Barred Owls brought in; we are NOT wildlife rehabilitators and cannot accept any live wildlife, but we do have permits to possess specimens for educational purposes.
Growing up in Aroostook County, the natural landscape was more than the backdrop for all the exploring I did as a kid; it was a main character. Being outdoors is in my blood, and my love for exploring Maine’s iconic natural places and wildlife — by foot, by canoe, by kayak, you name it — continues today.
It is a key part of what led me into a 34-year career at L.L. Bean, and to serve for 8 years on the Maine Audubon Board of Trustees.