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Posted: August 30, 2013

Belinda Burwell, executive director and veterinarian of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Millwood, holds a young barred owl she is about to release Thursday. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
A young barred owl sits in an evergreen tree after being released back into the wild on Thursday. The owl was found in Frederick County and brought to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in May with a broken wing. He was operated on to repair the wing and then rehabilitated before being released at a farm belonging to Bev and Steve Shoemaker south of Stephens City. The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Millwood ensures the future of the region's wildlife by providing rescue and rehab to injured, sick and orphaned wild animals. According to Belinda Burwell, executive director and veterinarian of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Millwood, the owl will probably stay in the area for at least a little while. Barred owls have brown eyes, while most other owls on the East Coast have yellow. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)



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