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A Long-eared Owl was found on Garcon Point November 30, and has been rehabilitating at the Wildlife Sanctuary (Pensacola) since that time. The owl is a species known from Florida only a VERY few times. Historical literature states there were several specimens of the owl, suggesting that it might have been less rare long ago. There is a sighting from Key West, two from the Lake Placid area, one from Brevard County, and one from the Orlando area. If you are interested in further information about Long-eared Owls, you might want to visit the Cornell website: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Long-eared_Owl.html .

We will release the owl as stated below in the PNJ article. According to ABA rules, it will be countable 24 hours later if it has resumed normal owl-y habits. 
Lucy Duncan,
Gulf Breeze, FL

from the Pensacola News Journal:
Published - December, 30, 2007  
Rare, long-eared owl scheduled to be released into wild Tuesday
 The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida and the Francis M. Weston Audubon Society will release a rare owl at 10 a.m. Tuesday at 6951 Springhill Road in Milton.
The rare, long-eared owl was brought to the Wildlife Sanctuary after being found on Garcon Pointe and unable to fly.
After more than a year [error] of treatment and care, the owl is ready to be released back into the wild.
The long-eared owl is one of a few verifiable records of this species of owl in Florida. It's range usually extends to central Alabama and central Georgia.
Details: 433-9453 or www.pensacolawildlife.com.

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