15 January 2011

Urban Wildlife Rehabitated at Audubon Center, Orlando

Bogey the Owl, Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus
Bogey the great horned owl, Bubo virginianus, was picked up on an Orlando, Florida golf course 18 years ago as a newborn who fell from the nest and severely broke his wing.

Great horned owls can live to be 30 - 35 years old and Bogey has enjoyed a peaceful Urban Life as a resident at Orlando's Audubon Bird of Prey Center.
Audubon Bird of Prey Center, Orlando

Great horned owls are only one of many owl species endemic to Florida.  Other's include:
  • Barn Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Screech Owl, and 
  • Bard Owl
Audubon takes in birds injured in the city and through a volunteer network works to rehabilitate the birds until they are well enough to return to the Urban Wilds.

Many individuals though have sustained such significant harm they reside at the center for the rest of their lives.

Bogey, the great horned owl hunts with his eyes (because they are so large).  Other owls hunt by sound.

Great horned owls are considered the 'tigers' of the air in Florida as they have almost twice the claw crushing pressure power as eagles.

For more information on what Audubon does with the birds, check out their website: http://fl.audubon.org/who_centers_CBOP.html

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