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Owl released after hitting car window on Halloween

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The owl that flew in to a car window in Midland on Halloween has been released back into the wild with the help of professionals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Association in Shepherd.

“He’s being kept in indoor housing as he is not quite ready to be outside. However, as you can see from the video, he is alert and inquisitive,” said Barb Rogers, with Wildlife Rehabilitation Association.

Rogers said the owl is a barred owl and needs a forest to live in. She said barred owls need large, old hollow trees in which to place their nest.

The woman, whose car the owl flew into, named him Oscar during his time at the rehabilitation facility.

On Jan. 5, he was released into the wild after receiving care for his injuries.

In fact, the woman who rescued Oscar was the one who released him.

Rogers said Oscar was released within 1,000 feet of where he was found. She said that way, Oscar will know the territory and be able to find his mate.

Barred owls will be going through courtship in the next month or so. By the spring, Oscar will likely have a family.

Rogers said the rehabilitation center is not open to the public.

“The birds that are recovering need to be in a quiet, secluded place in order to heal. It is also important to keep them away from people so that they do not become habituated to people,” Rogers said.

However, if people want to see a live barred owl, Rogers has presentations coming in which Wilma, one of the ambassador barred owls, will be present.

Wilma is non-releasable due to a wing injury that could not be repaired. She is one of the many hawks, owls and falcons the association presents to the public.

The birds will be present at the Butman-Fish Library in Saginaw on Jan. 16 and at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland on Jan. 24.

The programs discuss the natural history of the birds and the problems they face, as well as how to help them.

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