Snowy Owl LaGuardia 1

“LaGuardia”

Snowy Owl 
Bubo scandiacus

Based on his small size and pale white feathers, we believe that LaGuardia is a male. He was badly injured at LaGuardia Airport in New York, probably by a blast of hot air from a jet engine. Both wings were badly fractured, and he required surgery and care from rehabilitators. His flight is not strong enough for hunting, so VINS became his permanent home.
LaGuardia still had quite a few dark juvenile feathers when he arrived, leading us to suspect that he was only a year or two old when he was injured. As he grew, the dark feathers were largely replaced by pure white feathers. At first, LaGuardia acted very afraid of people, but he has gradually warmed to our visitors. He often perches directly on the ground, or very close to it, much like wild snowy owls would do while living in the wide expanses of the Arctic tundra.
Like all of our exhibit birds, LaGuardia receives regular health checks twice per year. Our rehabilitators are especially careful to check on the condition of his permanent injury. LaGuardia’s diet consists mostly of mice and rats, with the occasional piece of rabbit.
Snowy Owl LaGuardia 2
Snowy Owl LaGuardia 3

Adopt Packages

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

$30

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Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Digital Photo

$50

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Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Color Photo
Window Cling Decal

$100

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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