Final Friday, August 6, we awoke to the tragic information that the Barred Owl that spent the final 10 months in New York’s Central Park had died after being struck by a upkeep car throughout the evening.
The chicken, affectionately referred to as Barry, had developed a loyal following.
“Barry the Barred Owl alighted in Central Park final October, and startlingly, remained right here via the winter and spring and summer time,” writer Michiko Kakutani wrote this week in a New York Occasions tribute. “Her arrival throughout the pandemic introduced pleasure to many New Yorkers who had been hunkered down of their flats, frightened about Covid and their jobs and an important presidential election. She bought individuals away from their Zoom conferences and TV screens, and out into the sunshine and air of the park. She remodeled people who couldn’t inform a finch from a sparrow into ardent birders, spurred individuals who hadn’t picked up a digicam for the reason that days of darkish rooms to take up digital images, and turned youngsters and grown-ups alike into college students of all issues owl, devouring books and movies about owl conduct, owl historical past and owl legends.
“She introduced strangers collectively in a neighborhood based mostly on a shared love for this magical creature who’d made Central Park her unlikely dwelling.”
“The lack of this Barred Owl is greater than the demise of a chicken,” wrote New York birders Deborah Allen and Robert DeCandido. “It was the lack of the likelihood that we might have nesting Barred Owls in Central Park within the close to future. It’s a step again from the evolving concept that wild issues can stay and thrive in city areas.” (Allen and DeCandido additionally known as on the Central Park Conservancy to associate with a raptor rehab heart to launch a breeding pair or two of the owls within the park.)
Barry the Barred Owl was the topic of numerous social-media posts in life — and in demise. Beneath are just some tweets about Barry and the vigil that was held in Central Park on Monday in her honor.
It’s arduous to consider Barry, the barred owl of Central Park is gone. I used to be lucky to have photographed & visited her many occasions since she arrived practically 10 months in the past. She was the very best; introduced collectively many new associates & reminded us how vital nature is. #birdcpp pic.twitter.com/7rAJowuXLn
— Meredith Pahoulis (@mpahoulis) August 7, 2021
NYC Birding Publication 11 Aug: Ideas on ambassador Barry Barred Owl and the “wild” in city parks; hyperlinks to previous Newsletters on the historical past of Barred Owls in NYC 1900 to the current https://t.co/R9So7KVOve #birdcp pic.twitter.com/TnJeLX7yg0
— Robert DeCandido PhD (@BirdingBobNYC) August 11, 2021
On @CBSThisMorning, we paid tribute to #Barry the beloved #BarredOwl of @CentralParkNYC who delighted New Yorkers by serving to us endure the bleakest days of the pandemic, bringing us nearer to nature & our neighbors whereas turning many people into birders. #RIPBarry #birdcpp pic.twitter.com/L4gEr4se3c
— Vladimir Duthiers (@vladduthiersCBS) August 9, 2021
Recollecting my earlier days with @BarryBarredOwl. Noticed a bunch of individuals trying up on the hemlock on 2/1. Noticed them once more on 2/2 and requested what they had been taking a look at. Barry captivated me from that day onwards. #CentralPark #BarryRIP.@BirdCentralPark #birdcpp #owl pic.twitter.com/mHnXGsAORs
— AkikoNYC (@NycAkiko) August 12, 2021
My tribute to Barry, Central Park’s beloved Barred Owl, who died final week. A magical, people-friendly creature, she gave New Yorkers hope throughout the darkish days of the pandemic. through @nytimeshttps://t.co/a2AY7FnFBg
— Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) August 11, 2021
TY @michikokakutani for this stunning essay! I am honored to be included. I all the time hoped that a few of my humble wildlife images may be revealed in the future. It is bittersweet for that to come back now however I am joyful for others to see Barry as I used to be so fortunate to! https://t.co/Vmuwkc8QUH
— David Lei (@davidlei) August 11, 2021
Mates of the BARRED OWL have already got gathered and chalked new tributes by her previous hemlock tree west of the Boathouse within the Central Park Ramble. pic.twitter.com/UagXy6g298
— Manhattan Chicken Alert (@BirdCentralPark) August 9, 2021
Massive crowd gathers in @CentralParkNYC at memorial for beloved barred owl, Barry, killed in Aug. 6 collision with park upkeep car – thanks @BirdCentralPark for conserving us posted, @Imnofoodie for video pic.twitter.com/cqtTD4m6KM
— Invoice Hutchinson (@bill_hutchinson) August 10, 2021
— Jun J. Mao (@JunMaoMD) August 10, 2021
What an evening 🦉 owl the feels ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MtPPBytb2T
— Barry the Barred Owl (@BarryBarredOwl) August 10, 2021