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Great horned owl returned to the wild at Saint James School

October 07, 2012
  • Clark, a great horned owl, is released into the wild by Dr. Belinda Burwell at Saint James School. A companion owl also was released on Sept. 19.
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ST. JAMES — A great horned owl was released into the wild on Sept. 19 after being rehabilitated by Blue Ridge Wildlife Center for five months after being found in mid-April under a tree near the Saint James School campus.

The owl, named Clark after Dick Clark, who died on the same day in April, was taken to the wildlife center in Millwood, Va., where it was provided with veterinary and rehabilitation care.

Dr. Belinda Burwell brought Clark and a companion owl, which was rescued in Richmond, Va., to the campus in mid-September.

She addressed the Saint James community before the release.

“We provided the necessary care for this owl to be released back into its natural habitat. We don’t treat them as pets. The farmland in this area will provide the necessary habitat for Clark,” she said.

Saint James School, which is south of Hagerstown, donated $800 to the wildlife center, a charitable organization, by holding a voluntary paid casual day on Sept.  21.

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