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Hooray for this snowy owl who was just released back into the wild


Here’s a feel-good story.

WMUR-TV reports that Hampton, a snowy owl, was released back into the wild this week after spending months recuperating and rehabilitating. Hampton was found injured on the side of Route 101 early last month. Hampton had lead poisoning, a hairline fracture in her wing and trauma to her head and thoracic spine, according to WMUR.

A crowd of people turned out to give her a proper send-off and to celebrate her release.

Fly, Hampton, fly!

Hold on to your ornithological binoculars bc it’s OWL FESTIVAL WEEKEND IN QUECHEE, Y’ALL

That’s. Right.

We know that you are all owl fans here at UV INDEX due to our unusually prevalent coverage of the Strigiformes, so you’re probably already done polishing your owl pins and headed to the dry cleaners to pick up your owl hats, but just in case you lost track of the date while catching up on all the latest owl news, let us remind you: Bigger than Coachella, bigger than Sundance, bigger than Oktoberfest … The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is hosting its annual Owl Festival on Saturday and Sunday. YEAH!

For a ticket price of $13 (ages 4-17 and 62+) to $15 (adults), you can …

  • Gather with live owls from all over the world
  • Hear their ~*~* life stories *~*~
  • Create crafts
  • Learn about current owl research and VINS owl rehab projects
  • Get yer face painted
  • Eat some food
  • Wear some costumes
  • AND MORE

VINS is located right off of Route 4 in Quechee.

Very devastatingly, I cannot make it to Owl Festival this weekend, because I have a prior commitment to do boring adult stuff. If you go, let me know what you thought — and maybe send a pic or two! — at mcassidy@vnews.com.

A barred owl is photographed in Epping, N.H., in March 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Casey)

Howel the owl made a trip to Boston to see work by Takashi Murakami

We love owls and Howel the owl in particular! He’s so ~adventurous~ and we hope he enjoyed the Murakami exhibition at the MFA.

Also, thanks for the shoutout, Howe Library! Click here to read the full story.