By Ruth Ann Grissom
February 7, 2018
In the days before the Uwharries’ first snowfall in early December, J.D. Bricken, manager of the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, received a call from a neighbor concerned about an owl hanging out on the ground around his chicken house. Bricken is accustomed to picking up injured raptors, but this would prove to be a memorable call.
From a distance, the pale bird appeared to be a barn owl, but as Bricken approached it, he was awestruck by its size, the whiteness of its feathers and its piercing yellow eyes. Instead of using a net, which can tangle in their wings, he tossed a large shirt just as the bird started to fly. Bricken quickly realized he had captured his first snowy owl. [Read more…]