There are wonderful people out in the world that share their great love and care for injured wildlife. Liz Owen of Raptors Eye is one of those kind and generous people. A registered nurse who has over the years taken care of countless injured birds and animals. Holding a Department of Natural Resources permit for rehabilitation of birds and raptors, she has spent time at Watkins Nature Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Taking care of a small group of owls that have been injured in the wild, Liz shares the joy of these little raptors with the world around her. Taking her show on the road, Liz provides an in-depth presentation about the owls, showing the different species and describing their lifestyles.
Starting with the smallest owl, this little Northern Saw-Whet Owl was as cute as could be. Barely the size of a fist, this owl is blind in one eye, making it difficult to fly and hunt.
Placing him back into his covered cat box, Liz and her partner brought out two Eastern Screech Owls.
Showing the different colors these screech owls are in nature, she began to show how they blend into their environment. When wandering in the woods and you begin wondering if you’re in owl country, look at the bark of trees for white poo markings.
You can see how well the brown one blends into the tree environment, making them difficult to see in the wild. I always thought Owls were larger than what they really are. It really helped to see Liz’s owls to know what they look like. Liz also showed the small size of their nest holes in the tree. Imagine seeing an eye look at you through this little peep hole.
But these two adorable screech owls were about to be outdone by their big brother.
This is one of those times when my mind must have wandered for a moment, because I didn’t hear Liz say what type of Owl this is. However, my best guess is that it is an older Eastern Screech Owl. Please feel free to let me know if you think otherwise. This little one was great at giving the evil eye, and was having fun having a stare-down contest with his little brother. (Ok..they may be girls.)
Saving the best for the last, Liz brought out a large Barred Owl that was blind in his left eye. This owl has been with Liz for the longest time, and you can see the relationship between raptor and woman.
It is mating season and this Barred Owl liked showing his presence.
It was a wonderful presentation and being near these owls was a fantastic experience. I understand Liz Owen and her owls are frequent participants in the annual Patuxent Wildlife and Art Show and Sale being held on March 23 – 25, 2013. Located at the National Wildlife Visitor Center on the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland, this show will celebrate 75 years of wildlife research and conservation.
A special thank you goes out to Lisa Bierer Garrett of the Anne Arundel Bird Club for information about Liz Owen and her owls.