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June 2020

Vol. 48, No. 3

Return of the Great Horned Owl Nestling

Andrew Joslin


Left: Great Horned Owl waiting to be put back in its nest. Right: Climbing the hard way, no substantial limbs to set a rope on. Photographs by Kirsten Hirschler.

On the afternoon of Friday, March 27, 2020, I found myself standing in a grove of young white pines looking up through my binoculars at a pair of Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus). One of the adult owls was on its nest, and the other was on a small pine branch just above and to the left. I was there because I am an arborist and recreational tree climber who has rescued many animals from trees. On this day, my task was to return a fallen owlet to its nest.

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