Posts Tagged ‘Barred Owl’

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I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Farewell our Feathered Friend

July 2nd, 2014
Christopher resting in the vet room

Christopher resting in the vet room

Christopher, our barred owl that resides on the Farmyard, was euthanized on Monday. Keepers found him about one month ago not eating and on the ground several days in a row. We brought him inside, checked him out and then sent him to the NCSU vet school. To be honest, I assumed he would not improve, but after multiple tests, treatments, and supportive care, he took a turn for the better and starting eating and perching. Unfortunately, that turn for the better didn’t last. Sadly, the difficult decision was made this past Monday. He will be missed by so many people!

My favorite blog post about him was talking about when I took him to a classroom. There is a great drawing of him (and me, looking skinny, with my hair down, tongue out, and purple Museum dress).


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  1. Keeper Comment :

    Last night when I was pet sitting I was outside with the dogs and a Barred Owl flew over our heads. It was very cool. I like to think that is was the spirit of Christopher letting us know all is well!!! And then I had a dream about him last night… he was acting very cute in the dream!!!

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Our newest additions: Kerby and Styx

July 18th, 2013

Two road closures, one tree down, and a two-car smash-up that closed most lanes on I-85. All while inhaling the delightful smell of animal poop, wafting from the rear of the van. It was worth it.

Meet Kerby and Styx, our newest acquisitions to the museum family of animals. Both came to us (after 6+ hours of  road tripping) from the Carolina Raptor Center (CRC) just outside Charlotte.

CRC is very successful in returning injured raptors to the wild after they are treated for their injuries and rehabilitated. There are always some, however, that just can’t be released.

Kerby, a Barred Owl (Strix varia), was brought to CRC as an orphan who learned to associate humans with food. If Kerby was released, it’s likely that the owl would seek out humans for food, rather than learning to hunt properly. Animals that beg food from humans have a very high chance of being injured or killed in collisions with cars or other human activity. Here’s a video of Kerby “food begging”:

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Styx is a 1 year old red-phase Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) with major feather damage and missing a talon. Styx was deemed non-releasable because of the amount of noise the bird’s wings make while flying. After a year with CRC, the reason for the noise was never discovered, but since owls need to be nearly silent in flight in order to catch their prey, Styx would not be able to be returned to the wild.

Styx, our new Screech Owl

Kerby and Styx will make their public debuts once they are cleared from quarantine.

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