Great Horned Owl Barnard 1

“Barnard”

Great Horned Owl 
Bubo virginianus

Barnard has lived at VINS longer than any other exhibit bird. She was treated at VINS in 1985 for paralysis in her left foot. One of her paralyzed toes is the hallux, the powerful backward-facing toe that is essential for catching prey. Unfortunately, Barnard is unable to capture live prey, so she would starve in the wild.
During feeding time, visitors would have found Barnard offering mice to the late male owl, Burlington. In the wild, this courtship behavior helps to strengthen the bond between a mated pair. Our birds cannot breed at VINS, but we are always glad to see our birds interacting in ways that are as natural as possible. This act of mate-feeding was one way that Barnard has shown us that she is comfortable here.
All of our exhibit birds receive biannual health checks and a variety of nutritious food, thanks to the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. Our owls eat mostly mice, rat, and rabbit with plenty of fur. Furry food helps our owls create and regurgitate healthy pellets containing indigestible parts of their meals.
Great Horned Owl Barnard 2
Great Horned Owl Barnard 3

Adopt Packages

Thank you for helping support the care of our Great Horned Owl, Barnard, through the RISE Adopt a Raptor Program. Together, we can protect our natural heritage through education, research and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

$30

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Digital Photo

$50

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Color Photo
Window Cling Decal

$100

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag

$500

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag
Behind-the-Scenes Tour