Rocky, the northern saw-whet owl, captured our hearts when he was discovered in the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce destined for Rockefeller Center after the tree was cut down on November 12th, 2020. Rocky was taken to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York, for rehabilitation and released back into the wild on November 24th, 2020. The northern saw-whet owl is a small owl native to North America. Their size is comparable to that of a blue jay. Named for its repeated tooting whistle, some say the bird sounds like a saw being sharpened on a whetstone. It has bright yellow eyes and a large, rounded head without ear tufts. They are forest birds and breed in extensive forests across northern North America. They also sometimes use more open habitats such as the shrub steppe of the West as long as there are nest sites available. They winter in dense forests across the central and southern U.S.
Endangered Animals Initiative
Frontier is dedicated to bringing awareness to the endangered animals within the continental U.S.A. You can learn more about our endangered animal tails here.