Owls return to the wild at Fairfield Country Day School

Injured birds nursed back to health by Weston-based Wildlife in Crisis

Two owls returned to their homes in the wild recently, welcomed by children and adults as they resettled at Fairfield Country Day School.

As the sun set over the private school on Bronson Road, Dara Reid, director of Weston-based Wildlife in Crisis, told how the owls, one male and one female, had been saved after being injured. The male had been struck by a car in Fairfield, the female injured in Westport. Rehabilitators try to return the animals to their natural habitat near their original homes.

Cynthia Gorey, director of development for Fairfield Country Day School, had worked with Wildlife in Crisis during her tenure as executive director of the New Canaan Community Foundation and thought a release would generate interest at the school. A survey of the campus found the fields where the owls could hunt abutting the forests where they could hide, and Reid and Wildlife in Crisis agreed that the habitat was suitable.

Children and parents cheered as the owls were removed from plastic bins on the school’s soccer field, held aloft by Reid, and gently tossed into the air, sending them soaring into the woods nearby.

Reid detailed the threats owls face. It is not uncommon for the birds to be struck by cars. Poison used to kill mice around homes can become concentrated in an owl’s body after it preys on the rodents.

Should an injured owl be found, Reid cautioned about handling the bird. She suggested calling Wildlife in Crisis at 203-544-9913. More information can be found at wildlifeincrisis.com.

Information about Fairfield Country Day School can be found at fairfieldcountryday.org.

Dara Reid of Wildlife in Crisis releases a rehabilitated owl at Fairfield Country Day School Monday night, Sept. 12. — John Kovach Photo

Dara Reid of Wildlife in Crisis releases a rehabilitated owl at Fairfield Country Day School Monday night, Sept. 12. — John Kovach Photo

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