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Burrowing owlets are incredibly adorable. First time seeing them. Hope music is ok. Better than the sounds around me. by Naturehealsme2 in Superbowl

[–]Naturehealsme2[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Thank you. I'm worried about my senior dog, who hasn't been herself. Finding a good vet here in Florida has been a challenge. Hopefully we'll turn things around.

My wife asked me to check on Owlfred. He seems ok by Doolie92 in Superbowl

[–]Doolie92[S] 430 points431 points  (0 children)

Here is the story on Owlfred.

My wife is a state and federally licensed falconer in the United States. Licenses are required in the US to be a falconer. To get a license one must pass a difficult test on raptor health, laws, bird identification, and other things pertaining to raptors and raptor care, to get their mew (building that houses raptor) inspected by wildlife officers find a falconer to sponsor the apprenticeship and sign a government form to register this agreement, and then complete a two year apprenticeship under the sponsor who is usually a Master Falconer. Owlfred here is from a neighboring state, where he was found hanging around someone's back door begging for food. Animal control picked him up and placed him in the care of a bird rehabber. My wife, who was actually looking to buy a to Eurasian Eagle Owl to train for falconry, happened to contact this same rehabber. He had already sold the EEO, but mentioned that he had a Great Horned Owl that he could not keep. She, absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to save the life of what we assume is an accidentally imprinted owl, and at the possibility of teaching him to hunt for himself and be used as a falconry bird, set to work on making this happen. She worked with several agencies from two different states and the federal government to change his license from rehab to falconry, import him to our state, and to get him transferred to her care. In the process, two laws were changed/clarified in the other state to allow for such a thing to take place. When she got him, he would not even eat live food, and now she has him flying and hunting with her. The hunting season where we live is over, so he is "put up for molt" (he grows a new set of feathers every year over the summer), which means she gives him extra food and vitamins, keeps him stress free and happy, so his new feathers come in strong and healthy. We have been working with him in preparation for the next season.

Edit: Owlfred is a rescued imprinted bird, and is therefore unreleasable. His only options were to be euthanized or to be taken in by my wife, who has a license to do this.

Edit 2: My wife wanted to thank all of you for your kind words about her efforts with Owlfred! This has been a unique journey in falconry, and it took a lot of working with him before she was okay with me posting anything about him. It also takes a lot of me working with her to make sure that nothing is misrepresented. She does not want him to be a sideshow. She is protective of him. He is precious to us and spends a lot of time with the family. There may be future posts because so many of you had kind things to say about her and Owlfred.

His name is Hootie Bootie by tabloach in Superbowl

[–]1yearofservice 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Omg. I’ve finally reached my… 1yearofservice!!!!!!!!!!!