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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: NEWC Intern
Great Horned Owl

The future of this Great Horned Owl was up in the air after a civilian took him from the wild and tried to raise him as a pet.  Imprinted birds are always at risk for losing their fear of humans, and many people weren’t sure if this owl could ever go back to the woods of New England.  Luckily, here at NEWC we gave him just the right combination of solitude, medication and food.  With the help of the Massachusetts Audubon Society we will hopefully be  able to soft release him back into the wild in the coming weeks.

 

– Alexandria Hicks-Nelson, Student Intern