Barred owl recovering after Apple Store collision

A billion birds are killed worldwide as a result of window strikes

This barred owl is recuperating after flying into the glass windows at the Apple store in downtown Portland, November 10, 2017 (KOIN)
This barred owl is recuperating after flying into the glass windows at the Apple store in downtown Portland, November 10, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Audubon Society said a barred owl survived a collision with the downtown Apple Store earlier this month.

A barred owl survived a collision with the downtown Apple Store in Portland. (Audubon Society)

The bird was carrying a partially eaten rat when it collided with the window in the middle of the night. Store employees found it the next morning and called the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for help.

The bird was dazed and taken to the Wildlife Care Center for treatment where it appears to be on the mend. Officials are hopeful the owl will make a full recovery and be released back into the wild.

On Friday, the operations manager at the WCC said the owl still doesn’t have much of an appetite and there is still some concern about its wing, but it appears to be in fair shape considering what it’s been through.

Audubon Bird Safe campaign coordinator Mary Coolidge said, “So the prognosis on this bird is actually guardedly good — there is going to be a test flight of it later this afternoon to see how it is doing and potentially evaluate it for release.”

The Audubon Society criticized the Apple Store’s large glass windows for being a danger to birds. They urged city council to pass a requirement for buildings to reduce hazards to birds.

A billion birds are killed worldwide as a result of window strikes.