In 2020, the smallest owl within the Northeast turned an emblem of resilience and hope after surviving a 170-mile highway journey inside the most important Christmas tree on the planet. The 7-inch Northern Noticed-whet Owl was found by crew members as they had been elevating the 75-foot Christmas tree at Rockefeller Middle.
Dehydrated and ravenous, the owl was rescued and rushed to Ravensbeard Wildlife Middle, positioned within the Hudson Valley. Ravensbeard, which focuses on rehabilitating birds of prey, found that the owl was in actual fact a feminine and gave her the identify “Rocky.” After every week of medical examinations and plenty of mice, Ravensbeard gave Rocky flight clearance. And on a cool November night, rehabbers launched the little chicken again into her pure habitat. She flew superbly. Amid the darkish days of the worldwide pandemic, the story went viral and warmed hearts all around the world. It even turned the topic of a New York Instances best-selling youngsters’s guide, The Christmas Owl.
When Rocky arrived at Ravensbeard, the group didn’t have a everlasting dwelling, however this fall, that modified when the group moved to a brand new web site in Saugerties, New York. It sits on 14 acres, the place Ravensbeard can construct “a correct facility with 10 flight cages,” says spokesperson Matt Kalish. “We moved final month and have a number of momentary cages for the second. We could have the power to host lectures and faculty teams to go to and meet our academic birds, by appointment solely.”
Now, Ravensbeard is elevating funds to construct everlasting enclosures for the wildlife they look after. To assist increase funds, the group created a Christmas tree decoration to honor Rocky the Owl, in order that supporters can have a bit of owl of their Christmas tree.
The decoration is on the market at Ravensbeard.org for $32. All the proceeds go to the nonprofit group, serving to it to proceed its mission of offering wildlife rehabilitation for injured, ailing, and orphaned animals to return them to the wild. And should you can’t get sufficient of Rocky merch, Ravensbeard additionally sells mugs, clothes, and different objects together with her picture on them.