In Cuthbert Holmes Park, on April 8, 2016, a Great Horned unfledged Owlet falls from its nest, right at the site where boaters chained sawed through two very important river wildlife trees.
The nest had been monitored for a month by park stewards during the building and egg setting.
A lovely man named Jimmy stood watch over the baby as the frantic owl parents circled overhead with a heart breaking call.
A wildlife rescue showed up with the intentions of placing the baby back in the nest at the top of a very very tall fir tree, but the owlet was injured and required care and rehab at Wild Arc for three days. To keep the parents close to the now empty nest, a voice recording was done of the owlets’ call, and played at the tree until the baby could be returned to the nest. The parents had waited and remained.
Wild Arc continued to raise the owlet, which has now fledged and is seen with its parents in Cuthbert Holmes Park.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.