Vilma Barred Owl
Vilma was at least a year old when she arrived on July 5th, 2003. Like many raptors we receive, she was found on the side of the road after having been hit by a car. We found that Vilma had a compound humeral fracture in her left wing. Though we attempted to repair Vilma’s wing in surgery, the fracture was too severe and an infection slowed her healing. She was left with only a limited ability to fly.
Barred owls are large nocturnal inhabitants of deep, swampy woodlands. They are very vocal owls and produce an amazing assortment of sounds, including their trademark call, ” Who cooks for you! Who cooks for you all!” Like most owls, barred owls nest in tree cavities. They are currently on New Jersey’s threatened species list because of loss of habitat.