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Wulf

Saturday January 30th 2010

It’s been another busy week here at the centre, as we’ve been busy with partitioning some of the aviaries in the ‘Breeding Ground’. Whilst doing this, we have, at the same time, been re-roofing with tin sheets as well. This, together with the fact that David has managed to move some of last year’s juvenile birds on to other collections, has meant that we have been moving birds round the centre into, (what is for them), more suitable enclosures. Partitioning ‘Breeding Ground’ no 18 into two separate aviaries meant we could move our breeding pair of American Barn Owls from B.G 10 into B.G 18b, and our new pair of ‘Magellan Horned Owls’ from the quarantine unit to B.G 10, which seems to be suiting them just fine. They seem much calmer in there.

Moving the Magellan Horned Owls from the quarantine has then created space for our ‘Brown Fish Owls’ from the ‘Main Display’ area on view to our visitors, which has enabled us to start some structural maintenance work on their aviary. I was working on that this morning, before writing this blog. We hope to get the lions share of it done today, so we can get the birds moved back in as soon as possible. Myself and Vicky have, in the process of moving birds round, also been taking feather samples from members of the the Barn Owl family, such as ‘White-breasted Barn Owls’, ‘Dark-breasted Barn Owls’, ‘American Barn Owls’, ‘African Barn Owls’, and ‘Ashy-faced Owls’. These samples were taken for a genetic research project at Edinburgh Zoo.

On a different subject, Andy, our operations manager has organised a brilliant fundraiser for the World Owl Trust. He has, through his personal contacts, put together a musical event here at Muncaster, or I should say a ‘Gig’.

The gig will be taking place on the 3rd of September 2010 in the ‘Stable Yard’, and will feature a folk duo, namely ‘Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox’. Billy Mitchell is probably best known for his work with ‘Lindisfarne’, and is sticking to his folk roots. His current set comprises of many rousing tunes in the north east tradition. If you want to listen to a sample of his music, you should go to www.billymitchell.co.uk, and you will know what I mean. Details of ticket sales will be available next week, in the meantime, if you have any queries, contact us here at the Owl Centre.

Wulf
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