05252017 Eastern Screech Owl - 2
I received a call from IN Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Officer Harmon regarding a juvenile Owl that had been found in Lehman Park, Berne, IN. He was transporting the owl to Fort Wayne and we met for the exchange. The juvenile Eastern Screech Owl appeared young and injury free after being blown from his nest. His nest mates did not survive. After a brief exam, he was placed in a transport box, wrapped in small towels and blankets for warmth. HE was delivered to Dr. Pat Funnell with Soarin Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation for exam and care.
After just a little over a week of watching two older screech babies eat, this owl learned to tear up whole food on it's own. Once they can tear food and not rely on hand feeding, this is the next step in rehabilitation. This baby screech was finally transferred from home day care to the flight pens so he can stretch his wings and prepare for his release in about 3 months. Between now and then, we will make sure he is able to hunt for his own food by putting live mice in the pens with him.