Barred Owl Strix varia
Archie is a male barred owl who was found in distress and unable to fly. When admitted to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre he was incredibly weak, significantly underweight, and showed additional symptoms also consistent with sepsis. Archie was placed in the care of WEAMS where he received antibiotics treatment and supportive care.
The barred owl lives a rather sedentary life - they don’t migrate nor do they disperse very far either. In fact, one study involving 150 banded owls revealed that upon being re-sighted, only six individuals had moved further than ten kilometres. Despite their home body nature, the barred owl has begun extending their range into the Pacific Northwest, where they’re displacing and even hybridizing with the critically endangered spotted owl.