CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY: Barred owl finds new home in Maryville
The Center for Birds of Prey released a Barred Owl on the property of a Maryville family last week, in hopes of replacing one that had lived in a tree in the family’s yard for more than a decade.
Katie Maleckar, a member of the center based in Awendaw, said she received a call a few weeks ago to pick up an injured owl on South Island Road.
“When I got there, two cops had the bird blocked so it wouldn’t be hit again,” states Maleckar. “I was able to just pick him up and put him in the transport box. He didn’t fight me. I took him to the Medical Clinic at the Center for Birds of Prey.”
While at the center, the bird was diagnosed with head trauma and both his eyes “were blown,” Maleckar explained, “so he was humanely euthanized.”
The owl, Maleckar said, had lived in a tree in the yard of Deanna Crayton for more than 10 years and she was very upset it had died.
“I checked at the Center and they had a Barred Owl set for release,” Maleckar said. It was decided the release would take place in Crayton’s yard in hopes it would make one of her trees its new home.
The release took place last week.
“It was my first release and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever done,” Maleckar said.
Crayton said Thursday she has not seen the bird since the release but she believes it may be in the woods around her home.
By Scott Harper
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