Flying Wild And Free Again – The Barn Owl Was Released Yesterday

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The Barn Owl After Being ReleasedThe Barn Owl After Being Released ©Marilyn Kircus, used with permission

I wanted to let all of my viewers know that yesterday the Barn Owl I helped rescue on September 9th in the Centennial Valley was released at the Lower Lake of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Marilyn Kirkus, a volunteer at the refuge and a friend, allowed me to use her photo showing the Barn Owl as it flew away.

I absolutely love that this image shows him flying wild and free the way he should be. Thank you Marilyn.

Barn Owl tangled up in barbed wireBarn Owl tangled up in barbed wire – May he never again be caught like this

I am grateful for the help that Bill West, the Manager of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge provided by taking the owl and getting it to Dillon and for the care and rehabilitation that the Montana Raptor Conservation Center of Bozeman provided for the Barn Owl while he was in their care.

I feel blessed to have been a part of the rescue and release of this beautiful Barn Owl.

Fly Free…

Life is good



  1. Susan Stone October 1, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    So nice to have such good news. And the photo you posted is gorgeous. Thanks for keeping us updated, and I hope you get to meet this owl again under better (healthy) circumstances.

  2. Jane Chesebrough October 1, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    The eye contact with the wing caught is poignant. Glad to see him wild and free. Did you write about how they managed him to get him untangled?I was very busy there for awhile and missed alot.

    • Mia McPherson October 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Jane, we got him untangled. Bill West took him to Dillon to the Humane Society, the Humane Society drove him to to Whitehall to meet the folks from the Montana Raptor Conservation Center who then drove him to the facility.

  3. Vicki Rogerson October 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    That’s a really great piece of news. Big, huge thank-you’s go out to you and your friend, Bill West-the Manager of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, The Montana Raptor Conservation Center, Marilyn Kirkus, and I think you had mentioned a transfer at a local humane society?- it took a village that started with you! Standing ovation to you all.

  4. Elephant's Child October 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    How absolutely, gob-smackingly WONDERFUL.
    Thank you to all those (starting with you and Ron) who made this possible.

  5. Utahbooklover October 1, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    The tangled in barbed wire image with eye contact is even more poignant than the original post, and the owl on the wing again is truly heartwarming. Thanks again.

  6. Lynn October 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I am so pleased that this story has a happy ending. Thank you for keeping us updated!

  7. Fern Culhane October 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Thank you for sharing the news and the image, it makes my day!

  8. Sarah Mayhew October 1, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Oh, so sad to see the image in the barbed wire! Thank you for rescuing the bird and wonderful to see it flying off in good health!!

  9. Cindy October 1, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I think we animal lovers sometimes lose hope for mankind—which isn’t always so kind. Hopefully what we do makes up for those who feel animals are here solely for man’s purpose. Mia brings us closer to the beauty of life via her talents and compassion and that she shares just to share speaks volumes of her giving nature. We are all so thrilled for this owl and for you, Mia. 🙂

  10. Ilze Long October 1, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Wonderful news! Love to see those wings spread as he takes off!

  11. Neil Rossmiller October 1, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Walk tall and be proud of your actions, Mia.
    Humanity is better off because of you and Ron.
    Maybe there is hope for us as a species if more would follow your example.

  12. Patty Chadwick October 1, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Sorry…that should read KIRCUS…evil iPad srikes again…

  13. Patty Chadwick October 1, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Thank you. Marilyn Kircud…for sharing the perfect photo!!! The owl, flying free,AWAY from human beings….you released our hearts!

  14. Patty Chadwick October 1, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Perfect angle, perfect shot, all too rare happy ending!!! May that bird stay safe!!!

  15. Mia McPherson October 1, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Thanks Cindy and Liz. I am so happy for this owl.

  16. Cindy October 1, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Wow, such an amazing sight! Exquisite colors and yes, free, the way all things should be. Thank you Mia and thank you Marilyn.

  17. Nancy Collins October 1, 2015 at 6:19 am

    A welcome sight!

  18. Mia McPherson October 1, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Thanks Bob, Liz and Kei. It feels awesome that he is flying free again.

  19. Bob mcpherson October 1, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Congrats, Mia. Must be very satisfying.
    Please curtsy and now.

  20. Liz Cormack October 1, 2015 at 6:06 am

    How wonderful. Thank you for posting this. Just glad you were there to help.

  21. Kei October 1, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Wow! Thank you for the good news! I’m also so glad that you were there to help this little guy out!

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