“Adopt” Willow the Barred Owl

Willow was found on the ground when he was just a baby owl. A well-meaning human thought he was abandoned (even though he was probably just exploring and hunting for insects). Willow’s mom and dad were nearby, keeping an eye on their baby as he practiced hunting, but the well-meaning human was worried & curious. After his capture, Willow was kept illegally as a pet.

During this time Willow suffered from neglect and did not receive proper nutrition nor wildlife training. After finding his new home with the US Fish & Wildlife Service in 2002, he was quite scared of any humans due to his past history.  Upon arrival, he was in poor physical health and suffered from such severe malnutrition that his feathers were actually wavy and curled! Once he recovered physically, a veterinarian determined that Willow could never be returned to the wild. Willow was never given the opportunity to develop the important skills he would need to survive on his own since he was taken out of the wild at such a young age. Willow was originally placed with the Kelley Bartlett Conservancy in Alabama, and he later came to live at Callaway Gardens in 2005.

By adopting Willow, you are are helping feed, house, and provide medical care for these resident raptors. An adoption can be made in honor of a person, or event, or in memory of someone. See our adoption levels below:

 

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