Happy Ending for the Thomas Fire Barn Owl!

 Photo by Tom Kisken for the VC Star 

Photo by Tom Kisken for the VC Star 

Release back to the wild is always our goal and is the marker of success in wildlife rehabilitation.  As our community rebuilds and puts back together the pieces of what was lost in the Thomas fire, if there was any case that needed a happy ending it was the 'Thomas Fire Barn Owl' who was admitted to our Center in the midst of the catastrophe covered in ash and in critical condition who stole the hearts and hopes of many.  We are so happy to report that on the evening of February 9th just after dusk, that Barn Owl was set free back to the wild.  We released him as close to where he was found as possible as he likely had his own territory and possibly a mate waiting for him.  We hope that he goes on to raise many more of these beneficial and important species that have been on a sharp decline in their population over the past decade.  Check out this article written by Tom Kisken for the VC Star highlighting this joyful event.  Big thanks to all of our volunteers who make these happy endings and all of the work we do possible!