We are saddened to announce the passing of Orion, our Barred Owl. At 22 years old, he was in his senior years and succumbed to heart disease. Orion was a memorable educator, teaching the public about owls and conservation. He will be greatly missed.
When Orion was still in the nest, the tree was blown down in a storm. Young Orion went to a wildlife rehabilitation facility to gain strength before being released. During that process, Orion became habituated and learned to look to people to provide his next meal.
Hatch Year: 1998
Weight: 1 – 2 ½ pounds
Wingspan: 39-44 inches
Lifespan in the Wild: 10 years
Lifespan in Captivity: 20 years
Fun Fact: Orion is one of our most vocal raptors. His hoot sounds like the question “who cooks for you?”
About my Species: Barred Owls are very common in Wisconsin, but aren’t often seen due to their incredible camouflage. They prefer to make their territories near rivers and marshes, places they can catch their preferred prey: invertebrates and amphibians. This species also nest in cavities, making them even harder to spot.