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Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Remington the turkey vulture
In 2007, the shelter received young barred owl from Port Orchard, where she had been found by the side of the road, likely hit by a car. We were able to save her life, but she suffered damage that left her unable to fly, which meant she would be unable to hunt for herself or survive in the wild.
Being young and exceptionally calm, though, the staff worked with the owl to train her comfortably to the glove so she could continue her life as a wildlife ambassador. 

We then invited local schools to come up with a name for this beautiful owl, and more than one suggested Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

Athena made her first public appearance in October of 2008. With her calm presence and deep black eyes, she's already 'spoken to' thousands of children and adults.

How to Request a Presentation by Athena
You can invite Athena to your classroom, civic group, library, or other public forum (private residences not permitted).  As for any of our education programs there is a nominal fee, which helps contribute to Athena’s continued care and feeding. To inquire about a presentation, please call us at 206-855-9057 or

Adopt Athena 
You can also support our education program and help care for our education ambassadors by adopting Athena.  Any donation is welcome, though for $50 or more, we’ll send you a photo of Athena and a certificate of adoption. For $100 or more, you will also receive an invitation to a special event where you and your family can meet Athena in a more personal setting.

YES! I would love to adopt Athena! Please take me to the Adopt-an-Ambassador page.


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