GALLERY: Barn owls get released at Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

FAMILY DAY: Families gathered to see the owls.

THE Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve took part in its first owl release on April 28 whereby two Tyto Alba Barn Owls were placed into a release box.

BRING IN THE OWLS: EcoSolutions representatives bring in the owls.

The owls will be fed daily by the staff and released into the nature reserve after three weeks. Safring rings were also placed on the owls to monitor them. Every year EcoSolutions receives young owls that have found their way into captivity via organisations like the SPCA or other rehabilitation centres.

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CUTE: Grace Tumi carrying one of the owls.

After the appropriate rehabilitation process, these owlets are released. This is the focus of the EcoSolutions Owl Release Programme. Suitable sites are chosen and the young owls are ringed and then released into the urban environment from which they have come.

EDUCATION: Junior ecologist Sara Orchardson educated members of the public who were at the nature reserve.

These specific two owls are privileged to be able to rehabilitate at the nature reserve among nothing but nature where they can feel most at home. Members of the public gathered at the reserve to watch and listen to EcoSolutions representatives who spoke a bit about the project and introduced people to the owls. They then placed the Safring rings on the birds and placed them into the release box.

SPEAKING: Junior ecologist Sara Orchardson speaking to the public.

HOOT-HOOT: Bishop Ele Ngobeli with one of the owls that were brought to the nature reserve.

OWLS: Visitors at the nature reserve.

Read more on the owl box project here ecosolutions.co.za also reads more success stories here:

Weltevreden Park Primary gives a hoot about owls

Saving urban owls through the Owl Box Project

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Shernovia Reddy
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