On 08072019, a caller contacted the DNR at Salamonie about a red phase screech owl that his son found in the middle of a road between Madison County and Grant County. The caller picked up the bird and kept it at his house for a couple of days because he did not know who to call. Fortunately, the owl was being fed mice while he was at the house. The owl was brought to the Interpretive Center at Salamonie Park and Soarin' Hawk was contacted. The bird was picked up at Salamonie and transferred to the our treatment facility.
It's initial veterinarian evaluation discovered an old right wing fracture. The fractured wing had not healed correctly. The initial evaluation was that this owl would need to be euthanized because of the placement of the fracture. Normally this type of fracture keeps a bird from holding its wing up enough that it doesn't step on it and cause further damage. This little guy proved us wrong and was able to hold its wing up , not enough to be able to be released but enough for it to be kept as an education bird.
On 08282019 it was moved to an experienced trainer's home to begining its training and evaluation to determine its ability to be an education bird. Soarin' Hawk decided to add it to our permits in September of 2019. It learned quickly and had the personality to be a good education bird