APOLLO - GREAT HORNED OWL
Apollo, a young male Great-horned owl, is the latest addition to our Owl Ambassador team. He came to Grouse Mountain in June of 2023 as a 3 month old owl born at an education facility in Ontario.
Great-horned Owls are our resident local owls here on Grouse Mountain with over a dozen of them calling our mountaintop home. By weight, they are the largest owls in Canada, and are perhaps the most aggressive. They are top level predators who feed on snowshoe hares, grouse and larger rodents such as squirrels and chipmunks. While they are most active at night, they can also hunt during the daytime with their large yellow eyes helping to deflect any bright light.
Listen for their calls around dusk on the mountaintop – they have a distinctive call that sounds like ‘Who’s awake, meeee tooo’ with two long notes at the end.