Athena the Owl
The students and faculty of Elmhurst Academy welcomed their new mascot, Athena, the great horned owl, in April, 2019. A special presentation was held to introduce the students to their new mascot and pay tribute to Ulysses, Elmhurst Academy's first mascot who sadly passed away in 2018.
Ulysses the Owl (2010-2018)
It is with a saddened heart and a weighted soul that we announce the passing of our beloved mascot and friend Ulysses, the great horned owl.
Ulysses had been battling lymphoma and he succumbed to his illness at the end of August, 2018. The staff at Elmhurst Academy and Ulysses’ caretakers at the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center are mourning his loss together.
Ulysses was an important member of our family at Elmhurst Academy. He represented our connection with the environment and with the community dedicated to the well-being of animals. Death is a part of the natural world. The loss of Ulysses is a reminder that we can form strong connections with the animals in our lives and they can leave a space in our hearts when they are gone. The death of an animal as special as Ulysses hits hard for our school. We will miss you!
Ulysses first imprinted with a human when he was very young, and therefore he could not ever be released back into the wild. Imprinting is a rapid learning that occurs during a brief receptive period, typically soon after birth or hatching. Imprinting establishes a long-lasting behavioral response to a specific individual or object, as attachment to parent, offspring or site.
Shortly after, he was brought to Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab & Education (NIRRE) where he was lovingly cared for until his untimely passing. The NIRRE is a non-profit, volunteer run, federal and state-licensed organization dedicated to rehabilitation of injured, sick and orphaned birds of prey with the goal of returning healthy birds back to the wild.
Donations and funds raised are used to help the NIRRE care for the animals, support continuing education programs and future rehabilitation of these beautiful animals.
Ulysses illustration by artist: Jason Week