Found small owl inside of this year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree (PHOTOS).

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020. New York City – Workers found a small owl inside of this year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree.

In other words, people DESTROYED the home of the owl and other animals.

Do we really need a Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Center?

patch.com reports that “On Monday (November 16, 2020) afternoon, Ellen Kalish got a call from a woman she didn’t know, asking if her husband might be able to donate an owl to Kalish’s wildlife rehabilitation center.

“I told her yes, we’ve been specializing in birds of prey for 20 years and I’d be happy to take an owl,” recalled Kalish, the founder and director of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, N.Y. Then she asked the woman where her husband worked.

The answer, it turned out, was Rockefeller Center, where the caller’s husband, Jason Ramos, had just helped transport this year’s Christmas Tree from Oneonta in Upstate New York down to Midtown Manhattan, where it was installed Monday.”

Ravensbeard Wildlife Center says on Facebook on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, “A Secret in the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Ravensbeard is excited to share a rare Holiday story with you.

Yesterday morning, I received a phone call from someone who asked if we take in owls for rehabilitation. I replied, “yes we do,” there was silence for a moment and she said “OK, I’ll call back when my husband comes home, he’s got the baby owl in a box tucked in for the long ride.”

I asked where her husband was when he found the owl. She said he works for the company that transports and secures the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

She lived about an hour south so we met in the middle to do the transfer. Once secured, I peaked in the box and saw this little face looking up at me. He/she was a little Saw-whet owl, the smallest owls we have in the northeast. All baby owls are born in the spring so the idea that there was a baby owl in November didn’t make sense.

Back at Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, we’ve given him fluids and are feeding him all the mice he will eat. It had been three days since he ate or drank anything. So far so good, his eyes are bright and seems relatively in good condition with all he’s been through. Once he checks in with the vet and gets a clean bill of health, he’ll be released to continue on his wild and wonderful journey.

Our hearts go out to all those “behind the scenes” workers. Great job and thanks for saving “Rockefeller”!”

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Ravensbeard Wildlife Center said on Facebook, “Hello everyone! Thank you all for your interest in this little owl and Ravensbeard. Your likes, shares, comments, and donations are very much appreciated. We noticed the shared concern for the owl to be returned to where he came from in Oneonta, NY and would like to address this. Saw-whet owls find a new mate every year and are resilient in finding safe places. This owl is a full grown adult and is very capable of finding new territory. We believe it would be even more traumatic to transport him yet again when he can be safely released here on the grounds of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center where there are acres of trees to choose from. Saw-whet owl numbers are dropping though, so if you have an interest there is plentiful information on bird society websites showing how to construct owl boxes to help give these precious creatures a safe home. Thank you all again for showing your support and we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.”

The Sow-whet owl was spotted Monday, November 16, 2020, by Jason Ramos within the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and brought upstate to Ravenbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Kalish)
The Sow-whet owl was spotted Monday, November 16, 2020, by Jason Ramos within the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and brought upstate to Ravenbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Kalish)

Rockefeller Center says that “the 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be displayed between West 49th and 50th streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues. There will be no public access to this year’s tree lighting ceremony, however you’re invited to view the live national broadcast “Christmas in Rockefeller Center”.

  • Nov. 14—The Tree arrives at Rockefeller Center.
  • Dec. 2—The Tree will be lit for the first time on Rockefeller Plaza.
  • Dec. 25—On Christmas Day, the lights shine for a full 24 hours.
  • Dec. 31—On New Year’s Eve, visiting hours are from 6 am to 9 pm.
The Sow-whet owl was spotted Monday, November 16, 2020, by Jason Ramos (left) within the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and brought upstate to Ravenbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Kalish)
The Sow-whet owl was spotted Monday, November 16, 2020, by Jason Ramos (left) within the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and brought upstate to Ravenbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Kalish)

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