George and Martha the barred owls


george and martha

The story of George and Martha

George is a Barred Owl that has been with us a very long time (since 2001). He arrived at FWMA after being hit by a car and suffered a fractured wing that did not mend well enough to fly free again. George has visited many schools in Wakulla as part of the Project Learning Tree Program and delighted many audiences at our local festivals. George was found on St. George Island and that is how he got his name.

Martha is George’s partner in crime.  Martha arrived at FWMA in 2004 after being hit by a car. She also suffered a wing injury that left her unable to survive in the wild. FWMA receives many birds of prey each year but the most common one is the Barred Owl and their most common injuries are those suffered after being struck by vehicles. We speculate that the reason so many get hit by cars is that they use the roadways as natural corridors to hunt small rodents. Unfortunately they cannot read road sign or understand the concept of fast approaching vehicles.


How your donation helps

Sponsor an Animal funds are used to provide a month of animal care, enrichment, diets, and habitat upkeep.  For a pair of Barred Owls these expenses are about $70 each month.


Diet:  Bird of prey food.

Supplements:  Osteoform (strengthens bones) and Vionate (vitamins and minerals).

Habitat:  Nest box with gravel and perching; cleaned daily.


Sponsorship for 2 Barred Owls:  $70 per month

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Did you know?

  • Barred Owls are homebodies. They never move farther than 6 miles away from their home territory.
  • Barred Owl fossils have been found in the Southeast from 11,000 years ago.
  • They don’t mind water and will go into shallow pools and swamps for fish, crayfish, and frogs.
  • Barred Owls are believed to mate for life.
  • Their populations have expanded to the north and west due to forest fire suppression.
  • The biggest predator to barred owls are their larger relative, the Great Horned Owl.