|"Big Red", a female resident Great Horned Owl is a "foster Mom" to injured and orphaned young Great Horned Owls brought to the foundation so they can be released back into the wild when they are ready. She's a good Mama!|
This past Saturday was our second trip to The Owl Foundation. This place and the work they do there is amazing to me. I was just as excited about our second visit as I was the first one. You can read all about that and the organization by clicking the above link or here for my blog.
This year we were joined by our friends, Murray and Debbie. They had gotten married in June, and Rob and I sponsored a releasable owl for them as their wedding gift, which they were thrilled with.
Our tour this year, started in the main house where we once again got to meet the "Owl Lady" herself and Co-Founder of the organization, Kay McKeever. At 88 years of age, she may of been a little slower moving then last year, but her spirit remains strong. I am grateful I had the opportunity to thank her for her dedication to the owls and her work once again.
|"Big Bird" greeted us as we entered the sun-room.|
|Big Bird giving Kay some affection.|
Rob took photos best he could, but all photos are through cages and protective screens, as West Nile Virus can take a terrible toll on the owls.
|Three young Great Horned Owls raised by "Big Red" to be released next Spring.|
|A resident Short-eared owl.|
|A young Short-eared Owl to be released next Spring.|
We were told at the beginning of the tour that we would see them, but it was like I forgot, because when I laid eyes on them for the first time a yelp of utter delight escaped my lips and tears formed in my eyes. What an absolute gift it was to see these 3 adorable young Snowy Owls born to a resident pair. (The resident owls are allowed to bond and mate and this was the first year that this pair had had a clutch)
The Mama Snowy kept an eye on her young while we all stared in awe. Papa was snoozing in the corner. The 3 will be released in Manitoba when they are ready and able to survive on their own.
|Two young Snowy Owls.|
|A young, very sleepy Snowy Owl.|