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Gold & Platinum Level Adopters of Padawan:

In memory of Michael Payne with love from Cassidy, Carsen, & Susan • Amelia McCollister • Susan Sullivan • MJ Bowman • The Compton Family • Koan & Lyla Geisel & Talia & Jonah Schulkin • Susan & Richard Glassman • Steck Family • Toobah Mahmood • The Clendenen Family • Mountain Rose Herbs

Padawan was found as a nestling on the floor of a factory in Junction City, Oregon, in May of 2011. Although he was immediately placed with other young Barn Owls, it was obvious within a few days that he was not “normal”. He did not demonstrate typical fear responses, even when the other nestlings were reacting strongly to the sight of people. He was also slow to develop physically. It was felt that he would not have a good chance of survival in the wild.

His comfort around humans and his willingness to participate in choice-based training have led him to become a confident ambassador for his species. He is a vibrant member of the education team and can demonstrate the Barn Owl hunting style by hovering on silent wings and pouncing on objects with his feet. 

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Founded 1990
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Fed ID 93-1038827

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Eugene, OR 97405


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