On January 11th a group of concerned Seal Rock residents assisted in the rescue of a female Barred Owl that was injured on HWY-101 near Brian Booth State Park.
Oregon State Police (OSP) was instrumental in arranging for the safe collection and transportation of the injured Owl to Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis. Most likely the victim of a vehicle collision, the owl suffered no serious injuries, but was found to be mildly dehydrated and underweight, with a moderate case of head truma. She was unable to stand or eat be herself for several days. But after some fluid therapy and anti-inflammatory medication she began to slowly improve, gaining weight as well as nervous function. She spent about a week in ICU and then graduated to a larger indoor enclosure, and then about a week later was introduced to a large flight cage where she successfully completed the remainder of her rehabilitation.
Thanks to the good staff and volunteers at Chintimini this Owl has made a full recovery and was ready to be released back into its native habitat within a short distance from were she was rescued. At around 4:00 pm Sunday, with the assistance of Chintimini Volunteer Dan Piquette, this Owl was successfully released. Seal Rock Water District (SRWD) staff provided a safe staging area for the release of the this beautiful animal.
If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved with Chintimini Wildlife Center, please visit their website at www.chintiminiwildlife.org.