IF YOU SAW A MECHANICAL CRANE SIDLING alongside a towering eucalyptus tree by Governor's Corner yesterday, it was not business as usual. An owl chick was scheduled to be lifted back into the nest from which experts think it fell. PETER OZORIO of Crane Pest Control, the university's wild animal contractor, found the Great Horned Owl in the bushes Monday morning. Ozorio retrieved the owl and took it to Wildlife Rescue Inc. in Palo Alto, where it was examined in the triage center. The owl, mottled brown and about a foot tall, was judged to be unharmed and yesterday was awaiting a lift back to its clutch. KAREN HOYT, the administrative director of the Center for Research on Women's Heath and Reproductive Medicine at the Medical Center and a volunteer with Wildlife Rescue, said the chick may have taken a dive during the storm. The owl still needs to be fed by its parents and must be returned to its tree home. She said it's not natural for a chick at this stage to be out of its habitat. Owls at this stage are "fully equipped" with talons that can hurt humans, Hoyt said. For Ozorio, who usually responds to reports of raccoons rummaging on rooftops or fruit flies buzzing about, this find is unique. MITZI POLEN at Facilities Operations caught sight of Ozorio and his "cold and wet" charge -- all swaddled up and probably wishing he were 50 feet high in the familiar confines of his home foliage. Great Horns get their name from their ear tufts that resemble horns.
FOOTSTEPS FALL ON FRESH, CRUNCHY GRAVEL on the pathways of the new Oregon Courtyard, a pit of repose for 10 cherry trees donated by Japanese goodwill ambassadors. About 70 members of the Gifu Cherry Blossoms Association, all clad in the club's fuchsia kimono jackets, turned out for Sunday's dedication that began in Memorial Church and moved to the courtyard, located next to Language Corner in the Main Quad. It was previously a solitary patch of dirt that remained after repairs and renovations to Stanford's historic buildings were completed following the 1989 earthquake. Named in appreciation for the alumni and friends from Oregon who contributed to the Stanford Restoration Fund, the garden is ringed by 10 blooming cherry trees of Amanogawa and Mt. Fuji varieties and filled out with boxwood and holly shrubs and five benches. In remarks during the ceremony, University Architect DAVID NEUMAN told guests: "While the cherry trees in the new courtyard speak of Japan, the design for the courtyard is based on some drawings that Thomas Church, perhaps California's most celebrated modernist landscape architect, once did for the campus." The project designed by CATHRINE DEINO BLAKE, a senior landscape architect and campus planner who was assisted by planner DEBBIE CANINO, already has caught the eye of shutterbugs visiting the university, the occasional news crew conducting an interview, and those just taking time to smell the flowers.
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