Eastern Screech Owl
After a collision with a vehicle, Virginia suffered from head trauma and severe eye damage, leading to permanent damage to her right eye and the need for rehabilitators at the Wildlife Center of Virginia to remove her left eye.
For many years, Virginia was a glove-trained education bird, featured in programs at VINS and throughout the local area. People loved to see such a small owl up close. At times, she was a very food-motivated bird, willing to sit calmly and comfortably on the glove in exchange for food. After several years as an educational ambassador, Virginia has retired from educational programs and she has enjoyed the life of an exhibit bird ever since.
Virginia has enthusiastically taken to her new exhibit, where she loves perching high in the branches and chittering at visitors who walk by. Our Eastern Screech Owls eat mostly small mice and occasionally pieces of rat, which they hide in caches all around the enclosure. We are grateful to our volunteers who find and remove these leftovers!