|Rayado came from Nebraska in 2006. He had been hit by a train and suffered severe wing injuries that prevented him from flying. After several years at a rehabilitation facility in Nebraska, Rayado was transferred here to help educate people about the conservation challenges of barred and spotted owls.|
Range and Habitat:
Barred owls are now found throughout North America. During the 1900s, they expanded their range into western Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and Northern California. The live in deep forests in a variety of habitats. They are currently not found in New Mexico.
Barred owls are opportunistic hunters. They will eat small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects.
Deforestation for agriculture and urban development have reduced habitat in eastern US and Canada for barred owls. As barred owls have moved into the Pacific Northwest, they have come into contact with the northern spotted owl, and endangered bird that requires specialized habitat and food sources. As a generalist, the more aggressive barred owl easily takes over the resources of the spotted owl.
Rayado can be sponsored for $2500. This will keep him fed and his shelter maintained.
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