The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center in Sequim recently released nine barn owls back into the wild.
The Center took in nine orphaned owlets earlier this year and Center Director Jaye Moore, volunteers and two surrogate mom barn owls fed and taught the owlets once their condition was stabilized.
Center Public Relations Director Matthew Randazzo said they first opened a long flight enclosure they had used to build up the baby owls' flight strength so they could come and go as they pleased. If they needed food or a safe place to sleep, their enclosure would still be there for them.
But almost immediately after the enclosure was first opened last week, two wild barn owls came by the Center and started calling in the night.
“It was literally the 'call of the wild', and by the next morning, all the owls had answered it. Jaye Moore has performed another miracle for this community," Randazzo said.
The care of the owls was financed entirely from local donations from the community.
The all-volunteer Raptor Center is permitted by the state and federal government to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals. Find more information at www.facebook.com/northwestraptorcenter.