Our Birds: Mowat

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A.K.A.: Watson (during his rehabilitation), Mr. Mo, Mo-town

Species: Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Sex: Male

Hatched: Unknown

Arrived: 2015

Condition: Wing injury, head trauma (hit by car)

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His Story

Mowat was admitted to the Owl Foundation in early 2015 after being hit by a car in the Niagara region. He was suffering from brain damage, and unable to stand or fly properly. After a period of treatment at the Owl Foundation, he was transferred to Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge for continued rehabilitation.

The symptoms of his brain damage improved significantly, but the staff at Shades of Hope also found an old, healed wing injury that gave him trouble flying. They tried treatment and physical therapy, but in July of 2015 it was determined that due to the combination of lingering brain damage and his wing injury, he was non-releasable.

Mowat joined Wild Ontario later that month, and we began the slow and careful process of trustbuilding and training. In late 2016, after lots of hard work and patience, he began visiting audiences. His calm demeanour and enchanting eyes make him a fan favourite, and his history spread an important message about the effects of roads on wildlife!

Species Information: Barred Owl

Range: All across Canada, the eastern United States, and some parts of Mexico.

Habitat: Mostly large, dense forests with mature trees, often (but not always) near water.

Diet: Hugely varied! Includes small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and even fish and crayfish!

Fun Fact: Barred Owls have a haunting call, which sounds like "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all!".

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