I wish farewell to one of my oldest friends, and one of my greatest teachers - Dusty the Barn Owl. He was one of the first raptors I worked with, and what he taught me cannot be equalled. He passed away today. He came to Como Zoo in 1990 - it is believed to be his hatch year, but he could have been older. I started working with him in 1997, and hope that I gave him even one small part of the joy that he gave me by being in his presence.