The story of ‘Rocky in Saugerties’

Rocky, a tiny saw-whet owl found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 2020,
has become something of a folk legend in the years after her discovery.

Books have been written about her adventure,
including one by Ellen Kalish, the Executive Director of
Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, where
Rocky recovered from her trip and was then set free.

The owl’s recovery in Saugerties made her special to
the people there, and this year’s miniature owl –
though one observer commented that the model is
much larger that the living owl it is based on — is the
theme for the Chamber’s 2022 street art display.