Byron the Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Byron came to Chewonki in 1990, in the fall of her first year. This sweet girl was found in Brunswick with a gunshot wound in her wing. She was brought to a veterinarian, where it was decided that her wing was so badly injured that they performed a surgery and removed that wing. This is not a common practice any more since it was discovered that having both wings helps them to balance and stay warm, but Byron does really well moving around using her tail feathers to help her balance. She is non-releasable, but still wild at heart.

Sparky the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Sparky arrived here in 1994 after being found on the ground in Yarmouth, Maine. It is believed that he flew into some power lines, most likely distracted by a potential meal (I mean who doesn’t get distracted by delicious food), which caused him to fall and break his wing in multiple places. Bird wings are difficult to heal properly due to their bones being hollow (lighter for flight). He is non-releasable since he cannot fly, but he still gets to travel all over Maine with Chewonki. Did you figure out why he is called Sparky?

Varia the Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Varia came to us in 2003, from the Center for Wildlife in Cape Nedick, Maine. She was found on the side of the road with a fracture in her wing. Due to her injury, some of the ligaments in the wing didn’t heal properly, so she is unable to fully open her left wing to fly. The name Varia came from the scientific name for a Barred Owl, Strix varia. She is very curious and often shows off how far an owl can turn its head in different directions.



Luna came to Chewonki in August of 2016, from the Lake Milton Raptor Center in Union, Michigan. Luna had a broken wing and is unable to fly. She was very young when she came in and still had some of her gray fluffy baby feathers. Owls grow quickly and will reach adult weight at around 8-9 weeks old. She is non-releasable due to that wing injury, but she will live a happy life at Chewonki. We look forward to having her on our animal team for years to come.

Ozzy the Screech Owl

Ozzy came from the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Florida. He was first admitted into the museum’s bird of prey center with significant head trauma affecting his eyes and one ear. After extensive rehabilitation, it was found that he was unfit for release back to the wild due to partial blindness in both eyes and hearing loss in one ear. Ozzy gender is unknown, although judging by his size he is thought to be a male. His age is also unknown, but we do know that despite the small size and cuteness, he is not a baby but a full grown Screech Owl.