Rare owl from Ottawa County released into wild

A rare owl that was found near death in a Coopersville barn was released back into the wild Friday afternoon.
Dec 1, 2012


The barn owl, thought not to exist in Michigan, was found inside Bruce and Laura Conrad's barn in June. The family took the owl to Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids to be treated. A veterinarian determined the bird had ingested rat poison.

After six months of rehabilitation, it was released near the home where it was found.

Sam Smith and Lori Lomoro from the Blandford Nature Center worked with the bird.

"We weren't sure if we caught it in time, or what was going to happen, but he bounced right back," Smith said Friday. "It's pretty amazing how far he came from where he was to what we saw today."

The owl appeared to have no trouble flying once he was released. The hope is that he finds a mate and starts to rebuild the population of barn owls in Michigan.

To see a video of the owl being released, click here.



Why is Meekoff sponsering a bill to allow wolf hunting in Michigan, on the taxpayers dime,when a MSU study shows the people are against it 80-20,this is all being done under the radar,already passed the senate and goes before the house on tuesday,does this area have a wolf problem??????


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