HOWELL (CBS DETROIT) – It’s back to the wild for an endangered short-eared owl that’s spent the past three years at the Howell Nature Center.
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Shorty was found injured at Metro Airport in 2011, but Nature Center Director Dana DeBenham, noticed that she re-gained her flying skills last year.
“We selected that because many birders typically view short-ears arriving from up in Canada around the first and second week of December. So the timing is perfect,” said DeBenham.READ MORE: Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy Seeks Additional Funding To Investigate LGBTQ Hate Crimes
She says the release is bittersweet but is excited for Shorty.
“It would really be selfish of us to keep her here as an education bird,” she said. “We are hoping that in one small way she might be able to re-establish the declining short-eared population in Michigan.”MORE NEWS: First Monkeypox Case Confirmed In Michigan: How To Keep Your Family Safe
DeBenham says three children, who are now outpatients at Mott Children’s Hospital, will be part of the release … opening Shorty’s carrier.