Henry is a captive-bred European Barn Owl who was chamber-raised by his parents until the age of 5 weeks old. ARC had been seeking a rehabilitated Barn Owl capable of flight for over a year. With no suitable candidates available, ARC decided to adopt Henry. By the age of 10 weeks, Henry was ready to travel to his new home here at the Avian Reconditioning Center.
Whisper, a Common Barn Owl, was transferred to the Avian Reconditioning Center from another local teaching facility in April 2009 when she was 6 years old. She was having trouble adjusting to her previous surroundings and her trainers thought she might be more comfortable at a smaller facility. Whisper loves to be outdoors and seems quite content in her new living quarters.
Mrs. P was found on the ground in 2006 and became imprinted on people after spending time in another facility. She was permanently placed with a wildlife education facility on the west coast of Florida where she remained for the next 3 years. In June of 2010, that facility was closing and so this beautiful owl, now 3-years old, found her new home at ARC.
Patch fell out of his nest making him more vulnerable to other predators. Patch was unfortunately attacked by a raccoon. He ended up losing his eye and has a permanent beak injury. Patch would not be able to survive in the wild and is a wonderful education bird at ARC.
In the spring of 2016, this young owlet was admitted to ARC exhibiting neurological issues, probably as a result of colliding with a car. After some time in rehabilitation, Red was finally able to stand but would not be able to be released into the wild. He is oh-so-curious and continually swivels his head to check out his surroundings whenever he is out of his mews.
In the summer of 2013, this young owlet was found on the side of the road in Polk County with a traumatic eye injury, most likely sustained in a collision with a vehicle. Her injury was severe and she would not survive in the wild. Lucy will often sit atop her box and greet visitors when she is out at the pavilion on Saturdays.
In June of 2002, this young owlet fell from his nest cavity. Although he didn't sustain any injuries from the fall, Hunter was attacked by Blue Jays while on the ground. The attack caused Hunter to lose his left eye and there was concern he may have permanent damage to his feathers. His feathers did grow in and he is a handsome owl.
Gordon was a very young owlet when a tree cutter found him on the ground in a wooded area and took him home before taking him to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center. Because Gordon was taken out of his environment and raised by a human, he will never be able to be released into the wild.
Gulliver was a very young owlet when she was blown from a tree on a windy night in 1987 and fractured her right wing. Although surgically repaired, the wing sustained permanent damage and it was evident that Gullie could not be returned to the wild. During the spring, Gullie acts as a surrogate parent to orphaned Great Horned Owlets teaching them the necessary skills they need to survive in the wild.