Olivia the Barred Owl is one of our newest Raptor Center residents. Olivia came to Lorain County Metro Parks September 2019, transferred from the Medina Raptor Center. It is estimated that this bird hatched in 2017 although it remains a mystery how long after that she was found by a human who took her, a healthy Barred Owl, from the wild and into his basement.
Despite what the magical wizarding world would lead you to believe, owls do not make good pets! It takes a good deal of skill and proper knowledge to care for owls properly so that they remain happy and healthy in the care of people. One major necessity is that Owls and other raptors need proper perching inside enclosures they can move about safely without injury. Sadly, that is not what happened with Olivia. By the time she was discovered being held in an individual’s basement illegally without the proper state and federal permits, she had damaged both wingtips from trying to escape the metal wire caging she was in. Olivia sustained permanent wing damage from this housing and is unable to fly long distances. As a result, Olivia is not able to survive on her own in the wild, and calls Carlisle Reservation her permanent home.
Sadly, this situation could have been avoided by letting a wild animal stay wild. Olivia serves as a great reminder in her role as wildlife ambassador to enjoy wildlife from a distance in their own habitat. Remember if you see an animal that is injured and needs help to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator (contact information below) as they have the proper permits and skill set to give appropriate care as needed.
The Raptor Center of Lorain County Metro Parks, located at the Carlisle Visitor Center in LaGrange, is a facility dedicated to the professional care and management of non-releasable raptors. All the birds here in human care have sustained permanent injuries that prevent them from being able to survive on their own in the wild. Currently we have nine non-releasable birds that call the Raptor Center home.
Olivia and the other wildlife program ambassador raptors are on display daily 8am-4:30pm. Do you have a question about him or any other of our wildlife program ambassadors at Carlisle? Email any and all questions you have to the Avian Program Curator Mary Ewers Joyner at email@example.com. Your question just might be featured in an upcoming Animal Pen Pal video! New questions are answered every Monday and Wednesday morning at 10:30am on our Face Book page.
Check out this link to get more information on Barred Owls:
If you see an injured animal and need to locate a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, start with these links: