One year ago today I became part of an amazing group of people who rescued, rehabbed and trained Galileo the Short-eared Owl after finding him hung up on a barbed wire fence on June 19, 2016 when he was just beginning to learn to fly. Me and Ron got him off of that fence.
We took him to Mike Shaw at HawkWatch International who took him to WRCNU (Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah) in Ogden to be assessed and treated for his injuries. Unfortunately Galileo could not be released because his injuries made him unreleasable and he spent several months at WRCNU recuperating. They do such wonderful work with injured birds and animals.
Galileo recovered and he was allowed to become an educational bird at HawkWatch International and the great people there spent months training the gorgeous Short-eared Owl I had held in my hands right after we got him off of that fence. Today he is safe, healthy and is a great ambassador who helps to educate people, young and old, about Short-eared Owls.
I photographed this male Short-eared Owl yesterday and when I saw this frame where the owl was looking up I felt that is was almost symbolic because things are definitely looking up for Galileo who without the help of a terrific group of people wouldn’t be with us here today. He touched my life and he has gone on to touch many others.
Every time I think about all that is awful in the world Galileo and everyone who helped to save the little guy reminds me of the people who continue to do good.
Life is good.