In the meantime, volunteers and birds from the Center can usually be found providing outreach education in the lower concourse of the Walden Galleria in Buffalo on Saturday afternoons.
We were in Buffalo this past Saturday and I took this shot of a volunteer holding Merlin a Barred Owl.
According to information on the Hawk Creek website, Merlin was caught on the Seneca Nation and brought to Hawk Creek. He was diving at people and had injured two men on their faces. Normally, this species would only do this to defend its territory from other owls. His abnormal behavior is a result of imprinting on humans, which means he sees humans as competition. Because of this condition, he is too dangerous to be released.
Hatched: 4/1/2004 Arrived: 9/20/2004
Isn't he lovely?