Short-eared Owl
, Asio flammeus
Adopted by the MacMillan family 2021 & 2020
Location of Rescue: 
Warren, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Encounter with airplane, lost part of wing
UPDATE: 2020 Update We did a DNA test on Sherman and found out that Sherman is a female! With raptors, it is very difficult to tell the difference between the sexes. Males are usually smaller than females. 2/1/2016 Update Sherman, our education Short-earred Owl, has developed a tumor on his leg. It was hidden beneath his anklet and the thick feathers that covers his leg, so we are unsure how long it has been there. He had surgery to remove the tumor. The growth was sent in for histopathology so we can determine a prognosis. The cost for his surgery was approximately $200. The cost for histopathology is $140. Please consider a donation to help keep our education birds healthy! The photographs show Sherman's anklet and how it hid the tumor so well. The second photo shows the growth with the feathers wetted down so the growth can be seen. The last is the tumor itself after it was removed.

Short-eared owls are on Indiana’s endangered list which means their prospect “for survival or recruitment within the state are in immediate jeopardy and are in danger of disappearing from” Indiana. We are fortunate to have two Short-eared Owls as education birds so we can tell people the importance of raptors and protecting their environment.  

Sherman came from our friend, wildlife rehabber Ken Groves and is one of our original three education birds.  Sherman had an encounter with an airplane and did not fare well.  Short-eared Owls hunt in open fields and plains, so it is no surprise that they like to hunt in the well groomed areas around the planes’ runways.  Fortunately for Sherman, she didn’t die in the encounter, but she did lose part of the end of one wing.  She was added to our education permit in 2008.  

Sherman shares her mew with her friend:  Skylar, another short-Eared Owl. Short-eared owls like to nest on the ground, so she and Skylar have a shelter close to the ground in which they like to perch together.  

Sherman has a slightly nervous personality, but does well once she is on the glove for presentations.  Short-eared Owls are named for small tufts of feathers on the top of their head that they stick straight up when they are relaxed.  So watch for the ear tufts to see how relaxed she is or isn’t!

How You Can Help

It costs roughly $340 per year to care for this bird, and we thank our donors and volunteers for making it possible.