Onward and upward: injured owl, restored to health and released back into the wild

 
Sierra Gorda in winter.

Roberto Pedraza of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG) sent us this report from Mexico’s Sierra Gorda where World Land Trust (WLT) funds land purchase for conservation.

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Just this week I released a Whiskered Screech Owl – Megascops (Otus) trichopsis – back into the tropical forest.

The owl, which I decided was a ‘she’, spent a month with us. She was brought here, injured, by police officers and several colleagues who had never been involved in wildlife care. They were happy to help, so she had plenty of volunteer nurses.

The day I released her she gave me some good scratches (she sure knows how to use that beak). But I managed to photograph her before she flew away. It’s always nice to help a small fellow like her.

The weather in Sierra Gorda is cool, but cold fronts are always welcome. Winter is the best season to be outside for landscape and forest photography. The sierra just shines.

Roberto, GESG’s Technical Officer, is an award winning conservationist and photographer

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After successfully raising funds to expand Las Arenitas reserve in 2014 – with help from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums – WLT is now focusing efforts on raising funds to extend other reserves owned and managed by GESG in Sierra Gorda.

The mountainous region of Sierra Gorda has a range of habitats at different elevations including old growth oak forest and cloud forest, grassland and semi desert. This mix of ecosystems shelters a range of threatened and endangered animals alongside a wealth of endemic plant species, all of which are vulnerable, if left unprotected.

You can help create more protected areas in Sierra Gorda by donating to Buy an Acre.

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