The barred owls are starting to grow up too! The photo above shows the first group of orphaned barred owls that moved to a larger outdoor enclosure. Don’t mind the little guy with the funny beak that’s second from the left…he had a beak fracture that we stabilized and are trying to straighten with epoxy. More on his story later.
So, today I used RaptorMed (our amazing medical records system) to compare how many orphans we have so far this year to how many we had last year at this time, and guess what? It was the exact same number: 81. There were some differences in species counts, such as not yet receiving an orphaned turkey vulture this year. Also, we started getting Eastern screech owls earlier this year than in the past, so those numbers are higher (we are attributing it to the warmer weather/milder winter). It’s pretty cool what the search tool on RaptorMed will do. It will even produce a graph of the results. It’s so simple. It literally took less than 30 seconds to make this graph: