WNC Nature Center Barred Owl passes away

Artemis the owl

ASHEVILLEIt is with sadness that the WNC Nature Center announces the passing of one of its most senior residents.

Artemis, the Barred Owl, has passed away as a result of advanced age.  A member of the Center’s Education Ambassador Animal Team for almost 20 years, Art came to the Nature Center in December of 1999 as an adult with a permanent wing injury that left him unable to be released and survive in the wild.  During his long tenure at the Nature Center, he gave many people the chance to connect with native wildlife in school and public programs.  We celebrate his long life, the impact he had on our community and beyond, and greatly appreciate his contributions to wildlife education.


About the WNC Nature Center

Asheville’s 42-acre WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, is home to over 60 species of animals, including river otters, black bears, red and gray wolves and a cougar. Its mission is to connect people with the animals and plants native to the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.  The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For more information about the WNC Nature Center, visit wildwnc.org.