Saturday, September 24, 2022
HomeWildlife2021 12 months in Evaluate: Connor Gillespie, Outreach Coordinator

2021 12 months in Evaluate: Connor Gillespie, Outreach Coordinator

It’s time to look again on 2021! Examine our weblog between Christmas and New 12 months’s for a wide range of tales and recollections of 2021 from the employees and volunteers of the Wildlife Heart of Virginia.

This has been my first full yr at Wildlife Heart, and like many different employees members have talked about of their 12 months in Evaluate posts, it has been full of fantastic new experiences and memorable moments. One which I used to be lucky to be a part of was reuniting a younger Nice Horned Owl with its household.

On April 18, a Nice Horned Owlet was discovered sitting on a bench close to a extremely trafficked parking zone in Charlottesville. The one that discovered the hen thought it was injured, and it was dropped at the Heart later that day by a volunteer transporter. Fortunately, the veterinary workforce’s examination revealed that the owl was not injured; it was a wholesome fledgling, and certain got here from a nest near the place it was discovered. The rehab workforce needed to attempt reuniting it with its mother and father as quickly as doable (the longer it takes, the much less probability of success). I occurred to move by the world the place it was discovered on my approach residence from work, so I provided to take it again that night time and attempt to find the mother and father.

I left work slightly early, loaded the owl into my automotive and headed out. Once I arrived on the parking zone, I went to the bench the place the owlet was discovered and seemed on the surrounding timber, then began my search. I spotted fairly rapidly it was going to be tougher than I imagined—a lot of the timber had been tall, and the foliage so thick you may hardly see whether or not a nest is likely to be on the prime. After half an hour of looking out, I began to turn into discouraged. I made a decision to widen my search and verify an space slightly farther away once I noticed one thing on the base of a giant pine tree—a vulture’s foot.

The extra I seemed round, the extra animal elements I discovered, and I additionally seen white streaks of hen poop alongside the trunk of the tree. I took a few steps again to lookup, and nearly jumped at what I noticed: an grownup Nice Horned Owl wanting down at me!


The grownup owl was so effectively camouflaged that I might by no means have discovered it had I not stumbled upon the animal elements under. I couldn’t see a nest, however all indications pointed to that being the best tree, so I introduced the crate over and opened it up, giving the owlet time to hop out by itself. As soon as it exited the crate, I made my approach again to my automotive and watched from the backseat so it couldn’t see me. It took some time earlier than the owlet moved from its spot, however ultimately, it walked in circles across the tree, and later climbed as much as a low department. Sadly, it quickly turned darkish. I by no means acquired to see the grownup owl come right down to verify on the fledgling, however the rehab workforce felt assured that the owlet was reunited and stated I may head residence. As I drove off, I had one final cool second. I noticed the grownup take flight over a close-by constructing, and I needed to surprise if it was heading out to seek out meals for its returned fledgling.

It was a fairly superb expertise attending to reunite an owl with its household, one which I’ll in all probability always remember.

— Connor Gillespie, Outreach Coordinator

Try all of our year-in-review posts!



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments