LODI, Calif., June 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —  On Tuesday May 31st the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, in conjunction with Michael David Winery, released seven baby barn owls in a vineyard owned by the winery in Lodi, CA.

The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley inquired with Michael David staff about releasing the barn owls in Lodi as they were thought to have originally come from the area. Earlier in the year, a truck driver delivered the baby owls to a feed store in San Jose after finding them in a load of hay and suspected they were from his pickup between Lodi and Stockton. The Wildlife Center rehabilitated the owls to a point of release and wanted to place them in their natural habitat.

“After a rough start, we are thrilled to see these seven barn owls return to their natural environment,” says Ashley Kinney, Hospital Manager for the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley. “We are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to release these owls in a beautiful vineyard property where there is access to plentiful food, water and shelter. We wish these owls nothing but the best of luck!”

As a partner in the Lodi Rules program for sustainable wine growing and stewards of the land, Michael David Winery knows wildlife is an integral part of the ecosystem and was thrilled to be able to offer a home for the juvenile barn owls. As an added bonus, barn owls are a great form of natural pest control for vineyard loving rodents and would make great inhabitants of owl boxes already set in the vineyards.

To see the release of these owls in action, check out Michael David Winery’s Instagram page @michaeldavidwinery. For more information on the Lodi Rules for sustainable wine growing please visit For more information on the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, please visit their website at


Michael David Winery, producers of brands such as Freakshow, Petite Petit and Earthquake, is owned by brothers Michael and David Phillips who together have built their Lodi business into one of the fastest growing wineries in the United States. The Phillips brothers produced their first commercial wine in 1984 under the Phillips Vineyards label after years of growing grapes for other wineries. Now celebrating more than 37 years as a bonded winery, Michael David Winery has over 900 acres of vineyards in the Lodi Appellation. Located one mile east of Interstate 5 on HWY 12 in Lodi, CA, Michael David wines regularly take top awards and gain recognition nationwide. For more information, visit the Michael David Winery website at, Facebook page at, or Instagram page @michaeldavidwinery.  

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