TADITA: barred owl
Tadita was transferred to us in early 2018 when Sarvey Wildlife Care Center needed to find a new place for her to live. Prior to arriving at the CRC, Tadita resided at Sarvey Wildlife for 10 years as an educational ambassador. She originally came into human care in 2008 when a park ranger found her as an injured fledgling on the side of Mount Rainier in Washington State. The nature of her injury prevents her from fully extending her right wing and renders her non-releasable.
“Tadita” is a Lakota name meaning “one who runs”. At the CRC, she will be an ambassador helping tell the complicated conservation story of California’s barred owls and spotted owls. Tadita is the first barred owl the CRC has had on exhibit since 2010, so we are excited to have her join our collection to represent her species. She can be seen on exhibit between the small owl flight aviary and Mikey the red-shouldered hawk. Look carefully: her favorite perch is behind the large live tree in her exhibit, where her excellent camouflage helps her blend into the tree’s trunk.