Eastern Screech Owl
After a vehicle collision, Virginia suffered from head trauma and severe eye damage, leading to the need for rehabilitators at the Wildlife Center of Virginia to remove her left eye. She also has some damage to her right eye, making her non-releasable.
For many years, Virginia was a glove-trained education bird, featured in programs at VINS and throughout the local area. After several years as an educational ambassador, Virginia retired from educational programs in 2015 and has been enjoyed the life of an exhibit bird ever since. She has enthusiastically taken to her exhibit, where she loves perching high in the branches and chittering at visitors who walk by. Virginia is a rufous-morph Eastern Screech Owl, with the russet orange feathers characteristic of this species in its southern range.