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When one tugs at a single thing in nature, you find it attached to the rest of the world.

- John Muir, Conservationist

Quiet, handsome Oscar, the Great Gray Owl, is a wonderful part of our on-site education team!

Admitted to MRWC in 2021 as a nestling, he was found with the hands (tips) of both wings damaged beyond repair leaving him permanently unable to fly. As he was young, it was decided to give him the opportunity to be kept as an education owl. Although sometimes used in formal presentations, he is happiest when hanging in his outdoor enclosure, adored by visitors.

Oscar is socialized (not imprinted) as he has been with people since he was very young. He is a boy, weighs in at just 1.75 lbs, could live to 40 years. The name "Oscar" has several meanings, one being "warrior". Great Gray Owls are Canada's tallest owl and have a big, round head with a large facial disk and no "ear tufts". They prey on small rodents such as mice, voles, and pocket gophers. The remain with the same mate for their life. They are found in dense evergreen and pine forests. Great Gray Owls are peaceful, calm, and referred to as "ghosts of the forest".