October 13, 2020
You are our Sunshine!
In just 48 hours, we are 90% of the way to our goal!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude! Your support during what seems to be the worst of times, has me humbled beyond measure. THANK YOU!

We are just $150 away from our goal to create another weathering enclosure for our Ambassador Birds. This new enclosure will provide additional socialization, allowing them to enjoy the sunshine and more time out of their solitary aviaries. This is especially important right now because of the limited time our trained handlers are able to spend on site.

This kind of care, attention and continuous handling is critical to maintaining their health and well-being.
Through creativity and our skilled volunteers, we can keep the cost of this new weathering station to just $1000 by purchasing a basic poultry pen, then altering it with avian netting and sunshade material for a roof.

A new weathering station, similar to the one at BRC pictured above, will assure more outside time for our birds, enhancing their mental health and overall well-being.
Just $150 will push us over the top. Are you able to help?
In case you missed it - Meet Marsh

One Ambassador returning home is our newest - Marsh, the Barred Owl.

BRC has officially welcomed a new raptor to our education program – a beautiful, first-year Barred Owl. Marsh was a transfer to our Ambassador Program from our Rehab Hospital, and we are delighted with this newest addition to the family!
A Bit of History:
The owlet was found on the ground in Gualala as an orphaned nestling and brought to BRC for care during our first week of Baby Bird Season. Upon admittance, it was a little dehydrated and underweight, but otherwise seemed healthy. Under new Federal Fish & Wildlife laws, Barred Owls can no longer be released within the state of California because they are invading the habitats of Spotted Owls, so we kept this little owl in hopes of placing it into an education program.

Once the bird was of age, we transitioned the youngster to our resident program for training and socialization. It quickly became apparent that he/she had captured the hearts of BRC staff and volunteers alike, so the decision was made to apply for the proper approvals needed to keep the bird for our very own Ambassador Program.

We took various measurements of beak, wings, legs and feet to see if we could determine sex, but as it is still growing and in transition from juvenile to adult, a determination of gender could not be reached.

Our education team is diligently working on training so Marsh will be ready for an official debut when we are once again able to have visitors.
An internal vote decided the name for this newest Ambassador: Marsh. It honors the memory of our former Raptor Release Coordinator, Brad Marsh, who recently passed away. In addition to being an integral and well-loved BRC volunteer, Brad also led the investigation into training techniques for this particular bird.
The name seems especially fitting because Barred Owls prefer forested habitats that are near water, like swamps and, yes, marshes.
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