Owls are amazingly cool birds. They are cuddly in appearance and yet deadly predators. As you know, owls are nocturnal hunters with enormous eyes, swiveling heads and razor sharp talons. They have keen hearing and eyesight. They range worldwide and thrive in a variety of environments. There are 150 owl species, some of whom face endangerment.
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As a child I learned about owls at the Three Rivers Avian Center in West Virginia. Founded in 1990 this nonprofit orginization was originally called the Raptor Center, because they focussed at first on rescue and rehabilitation of predatory birds. Today they have expanded to rescuing birds from all walks of life, so to speak. When I was growing up, they were an important part of our community, providing many educational oppurtinities for children. I was happy to learn that Twister, the barn owl I had seen on many occasions, is still alive and well.
Three Rivers Avian Center, Brooks Mountain Road, HC 74 Box 279, Brooks, WV 25951 Phone:(304) 466-4683