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Rehabilitated Raptor Release in Auburn
September 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Auburn Alabama–The Southeastern Raptor Center (SRC) at Auburn University will release 10 rehabilitated Barred Owls and 5 Eastern Screech Owls at Chewacla State Park Friday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. Chewacla State Park is located off Shell Toomer Parkway in Auburn. The public is encouraged to attend the release. Nominal park admission prices will apply.
The release will take place immediately following the Football, Fans and Feathers education bird event that SRC conducts on Fridays before home and away football games at the Edgar B. Carter Amphitheatre.
When injured raptors are brought to SRC, they are evaluated and treated with the goal of returning them to a suitable habitat in the wild. The raptors being released here are young Barred Owls, brought to the center as orphans. In the case of these orphaned owls, Chewacla State Park provides an appropriate habitat for their release.
The release will happen at the Nature Trail location just inside the park next to the lake. After you go by the guard shack, continue straight and there will be a large parking area on the RIGHT…actually, there are two parking areas that are side by side, so there will be plenty of parking.
The Barred Owl is a stunningly beautiful raptor with enormous, soulful eyes. Barred Owls have very acute hearing to go along with their night-adapted vision.To compensate for the fact that their eyes can’t move, barred owls can rotate their heads about 270 degrees.
Chewacla State Park is one of 34 sites on the Piedmont Birding Trail, which covers nine counties in east central Alabama.