Great Horned Owl saved by parks staff

This juvenile Great Horned Owl was rescued May 28, 2015 after falling out of its nest. The bird is recovering at the Wild Bird Care Center in Ottawa. (Photo/St. Lawrence Parks Commission)
This juvenile Great Horned Owl was rescued May 28, 2015 after falling out of its nest. The bird is recovering at the Wild Bird Care Center in Ottawa. (Photo/St. Lawrence Parks Commission)

LONG SAULT – Three St. Lawrence Parks Commission staff have helped saved a baby Great Horned Owl near Long Sault.

Student worker Sawyer Gillard found the young owl in the long grass Thursday while trimming around the beach-area of Woodlands Beach.

Gillard consulted with his colleagues, Amber Flipsen and Nick Smith, and the group decided to call the Wild Bird Care Center in Ottawa for help as the bird was unable to fly.

A volunteer from the center visited Friday and picked up the bird, where its being cared for until its ready to be released back into the wild or a home is found for it in a wildlife sanctuary.

St. Lawrence Parks Commission spokeswoman Susan Le Clair says it’s quite common for juvenile Great Horned Owls – the most common owl in North America – to fall out of a tree before they’re ready to fly.

The center in Ottawa plans to give the parks commission updates on the bird’s progress and future plans.

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