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By: NEWC Intern
Eastern Screech Owl

The Eastern Screech Owl can be found in several different habitats all around the eastern half of the United States. Any decaying tree cavities found in forests, woodlands, urban, or suburban areas make great homes for this small owl. The species only reaches about nine inches tall!

As for their calls, these owls make a variety of noises. The most common is a trill used by males and females. This sound serves several purposes such as marking territory and courting. It is even used by the mother to encouraging the young to fledge from their nest. The screeching cry they are named after is often a verbal defense of their nest or territory.

The screech owl featured in the picture was admitted for head trauma. With treatment, the owl recovered quickly and was successfully released Tuesday, August 9th.

– Shauna McLeod, Student Intern.

By: Greg Mertz, DVM
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Spring and Summer are baby seasons at the New England Wildlife Center.  We receive an incredible diversity of orphaned native birds that require hand feedings every few minutes.  Our devoted interns provide the constant care, cleaning and love to raise these animals to a releasable age.  Pictured here are two nestling Eastern Screech owls that are enjoying a “vacation” from their cage while it is being cleaned.  They loved the view from the second story window where they could see the woodlot behind our hospital.  A few weeks later, these owls were moved into an outdoor cage in the woodlot, and once they acclimated to life outdoors they left the cage on their own accord to return to a life in the wild.