Great Horned Owl, "Bubo"
Bubo virginianus
 
 
Bubo is a great horned owl. His scientific name is Bubo virginianus. We know Bubo is a male by his size (males are smaller than females) and by his behavior (females are more aggressive than males). He stands about 19 inches tall and weighs about 2.5 pounds.
 
Great horned owls, unlike other owls, are active during the day and at night. They pretty much go wherever they please, whenever they please. They represent ultimate strength and power among North American raptors (birds of prey). It is their size, fearless attitude, and ability to take whatever pleases them from other birds, like nests and food, which give them the reputation, "Tiger of the Skies." Pound for pound, they are one of the most capable predators on earth!
 
In 2001, while likely hunting for rodents at night along a dark Tallahassee road, Bubo was the unfortunate victim of an automobile collision. Each year, St. Francis Wildlife receives hundreds of nocturnal animals who are temporarily blinded and confused by a vehicle's approaching headlights or just fly too low over a road in focused pursuit of their prey.
 
One of bubo's wings was so badly damaged that it had to be amputated. After several weeks of TLC in our animal hospital, it was decided that he would become part of our Wild Classroom education program.
 
Bubo now travels to schools and takes part in public outreach events to teach people about our magnificent great horned owls and about the dangers that all nocturnal animals -- owls, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, and foxes -- face on the roads at night from speeding cars.
 
One way to help these animals is to watch out for their shining eyes reflecting your car's bright headlights, to drive slowly and dim your lights if you do see an animal on the road so that he can fly or run back to safety and continue to live wild and free!

 St. Francis Wildlife Association