This is the heart-warming story of Ulie, a great horned owl. As pictured (first above), Ulie is a female estimated at over 20 years old. A number of years ago, Ulie injured and lost a wing. She was rescued, and cannot be released back into the wild. She, however, is not wasting the rest of her life just perched and getting older. Ulie is a foster mom. As young rescued owlets are brought to the Coachella Wild Bird Center, they are placed with Ulie who is the first step in the process of raising and fledging them. She starts the process of teaching the early juveniles how to be an owl, and ultimately rejoin the circle of life in the wild.
Ulie is in an enclosure at the Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center. As stated on their online posting…"The Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center is a non-profit corporation created for the care and rehabilitation of orphaned, injured or sick native wild birds, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their habitats; to provide community education in the ways and needs of wild birds; to promote a deeper respect and understanding of the problems facing wildlife in an environment that is being altered by human activities.”
It is estimated that over the years Ulie has fostered over 300 young owlets. She has even gotten some outside help. Several years ago, she had a suitor named Bud. Bud was a wild great horned owl who roosted in a tree outside Ulie’s enclosure. He was reportedly also a rescued owl previously released into the area. Ulie during this time laid eggs, but she and Bud never touched. However, there certainly was a bond. Occasionally the caretakers found dead mice in Ulie’s enclosure, apparently dropped from above, and they believe Bud had something to do with it. Bud has since moved on, and Ulie continues to foster her young owlets. I would nominate Ulie for Avian Mom of the Year. To all Moms out there who strive tirelessly every day to mentor, tutor, and fledge their young…HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
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Spotted on Apr 24, 2019
Submitted on May 9, 2019
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