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Coronado’s Spreckels Park to Receive Rehabilitated Barn Owl (video)

San Diego Humane Society To Release Rehabilitated Barn Owl in Coronado. Coronado Police Officer who brought owl to Project Wildlife will be present for release.

Updated 03/25/2021 9:36am

Barn Owl in care at San Diego Humane Society

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An injured barn owl, that was found by two public services employees in the City of Coronado and brought to San Diego Humane Society’s Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center on Jan. 25, 2021 by Coronado Police Services Officer Christina Woznuk, has been rehabilitated and will be released this evening in Coronado.

The release will take place at 6:45 pm at Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave.

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Along with Wildlife Care Specialist Elyse Witt from San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife, Coronado Police Services Officer Christina Woznuk will be present.

Coronado PD Officer Christina Woznuk – Photo credit Coronado PD

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While at the Bahde Wildlife Center, Project Wildlife’s medical team provided the injured barn owl with heat support, fluids and nutrition. Veterinarians performed radiographs and blood tests, including a lead test, to ensure all levels were normal. The owl was sent to satellite care to gain flight strength in an aviary. After nearly two months in care, the barn owl is self-feeding and strong enough to fly.

Spreckels Park was chosen as the release site because it is within a one-mile radius from the warehouse near Coronado Beach where the owl was found struggling to fly in the cold and rain on Jan. 25, 2021. After release, the owl can find a place in the trees in Spreckels Park to perch while sorting out her home territory.

Video and photos from event:

SDHS barn owl release Coronado PD Officer Woznuck and Wildlife Care Specialist Elyse Witt

Barn owl in tree after release



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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.” Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to:
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