Saving Wildlife - Olie
Horned Owls are very thrifty. They search trees
for vacant nests built by crows, squirrels or birds
of prey and use them to raise their young. It saves
them the energy and resources of creating a new
nest. This method does have its drawbacks. Frequently
these nests are old and easily fall from the trees
in storms and heavy winds. This is just what happened
to poor little Olie, ony a few weeks old when a
spring storm rocked his nest loose and he tumbled,
nest and all, close to 30 feet to the ground below.
After being alerted
by an observant hiker, a Wildlife Rescuer was dispatched
and quickly scooped Olie up and brought him back
to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital. As he placed
Olie in the carrier for the trip, he noticed Olie's
mom circling in concern for her youngster.
Back at the hospital,
rehabilitators were relieved to find no broken bones
or serious injuries on Olie. They fed him, gave
him fluids and monitored him for the next two days
to make sure he was healthy.
best chance Olie had for survival was his mother's
care, so after he got the all clear from our rehabilitators,
Olie was back on his way to his nest. Trying to
place the same nest into the tree would be fruitless,
but luckily, Owlets like Olie are kept safe when
wildlife experts install nest boxes into the tree
and attach them firmly. The original nest can then
be placed inside the box and the owlet is kept safe.
Even after two days,
Olie's mom quickly appeared and circled high above
wildlife staff as they installed the nest and placed
Olie gently inside. After a return trip two days
later to check on him, wildlife staff were happy
to report seeing evidence of food provided to Olie
from his mom.