Long-eared owl (he's new, it's why he's grumpy.)
"After a busy Owl-oween, Alberta here to give you a hoot-out for helping the wild ones at Fellow Mortals!
Yvonne left her iphone in my house when she came to visit last night and (after a few crazy shots of my big beak), I figured out how to get a selfie and some pictures of my friends before the big night got started. It was crazy-sounding here, especially with the barred owls sounding like drunken ghosts and, when the wild owls showed up--well it was a really good Owl-oween!
Anyway, I finally figured out the smartphone stuff (luckily Yvonne has GlobalGiving as a favorite) and now I'm tapping my talons on the screen. (I've been living with humans for 34 years now, so I learned how to read English a looonnng time ago).
So here's the thing: I try not to be a piggy (since I'm an owl) but I still need to eat! and I know Yvonne sometimes worries when she doesn't know how she's going to buy enough food for us, or get the new blankets she needs for the squirrels (who are kept tantalizingly out of reach and sight of me and my friends) or the medicines she needs to help the injured animals who come to the hospital. I found out about you because sometimes when Yvonne brings my supper, she says, 'here's your food, thanks to some great people we've never met, but who care about you all the same.'
I don't know if I'll ever be able to get my talons back on this phone again, so when I saw your name in the list of our friends on Global Giving, I knew this might be my only chance to tell you that all of us owls who call Fellow Mortals home year-round know about how good you are to us. We live here because we were injured and can't fly or hunt anymore, but we have beautiful houses and we get company and some of us are teachers too.
I raised four orphaned great-horned owls this year and they were big and beautiful (and gifted, if I say so myself) when they flew off to find lives in the wild. Some of my friends are single or don't raise babies, but they do a LOT of visiting with humans where Yvonne says they teach how important owls are (okay,other wild animals too) to a healthy planet. Just between you and me, I think some of the teachers are kindof show-offs, but I guess that's okay as long as they come home at night and some humans learned something...
Hoo-hoo! Here she comes for the phone, so I have to go--but thanks for all my suppers, and for helping give us owls who live here a safe place to call home.
and Happy Owl-oween!
Alberta, Shakespeare, Sophie, Robbie, Amelia, Katy"
Barred owl (Shakespeare only LOOKS quiet!)
Great-horned owl (Me and one of my babies)
Saw-whet owl (Katy is the tiniest)
Short-eared owl (Amelia has modeled in the past)
Screech owl (This is Benjamin; Robbie was busy)