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New York City's beloved barred owl dies after being struck by Central Park maintenance vehicle

Source: CBS News

New York City's beloved barred owl dies after being struck by Central Park maintenance vehicle

AUGUST 6, 2021 / 8:35 PM / CBS NEWS

Barry the barred owl flew into New York City's heart in October 2020, becoming an instant celebrity in Central Park. But the Central Park Conservancy announced Friday that Barry has died after being struck by one of its maintenance vehicles overnight.

The Conservancy said in a statement that Barry had been flying low, likely while searching for food, when it "made contact" with a maintenance vehicle at around 2:30 Friday morning. Staff reported the incident and contacted the Urban Park Rangers.

"The barred owl's presence in Central Park brought so much joy, reminding all of us that the Park is a vital greenspace for all New Yorkers, including the wildlife that call it home," the Conservancy said.

Barry spent the last 10 months being a focal point for New York City's birdwatchers. Countless photos and videos of Barry have been posted to social media, gaining admiration from both locals and those who live outside the city. Owls are typically nocturnal — but even during the day, many were able to capture Barry splashing in the water and appearing to pose for photos.


Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/barry-the-barred-owl-central-park-dies/


Source: New York Times

Barry the Owl, Beloved by N.Y.C. Birders, Dies in Central Park Collision

The barred owl had attracted a devoted following of New Yorkers, drawn to her elegant feathers and fearlessness toward people.

By Emma Goldberg
Aug. 6, 2021

Barry the Barred Owl, whose majestic presence and unusually extroverted demeanor made her a beloved Central Park celebrity, died early Friday in a collision with a Central Park Conservancy maintenance vehicle.

She was most likely just over a year old based on her feather color, according to Robert DeCandido, known as “Birding Bob,” who has guided bird walks in Central Park for more than 25 years. Birding experts had realized in recent months that Barry was female.

Over the last year, as Barry made a home for herself on the branch of a hemlock in Central Park’s Ramble, she developed a cultishly devoted following of birders, photographers, joggers and other New Yorkers who came to depend on her for cheer and comfort during a year of grief for New York City.

Barry died around 2:30 a.m., when she “made contact” with the vehicle of a two-person Central Park Conservancy maintenance crew, the conservancy said on Twitter. The vehicle was driving around the park doing early-morning inspection and cleanup, the conservancy’s chief communications officer, Mary Caraccioli, said.


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/06/nyregion/central-park-owl-barry-dead.html

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