After several years residing in our exhibits, our female snowy owl now lives the life of a full-time education bird. Snowy was legally bred in captivity in New York and for many years greeted visitors with vocalizations while in her enclosure. When the opportunity came up to take in a second snowy owl, Snowy was retired from exhibit duty. She is now in training as a program bird.
When not on glove exploring the campus and meeting people, Snowy enjoys the views by perching right in the window of her enclosure, often calling out to visitors as they walk by. She can be a challenging bird for her trainers due to her size and unpredictable nature. However, the experience that visitors gain by getting up close to a large snowy owl is memorable and worth the efforts of both trainer and trainee.
The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation ensures that our education birds have comfortable living quarters, biannual health checks, and a variety of nutritious foods. For an owl like Snowy, that means lots of mice, rat, and occasional pieces of rabbit, all of which she usually eats during her training sessions.