Release of a Screech Owl

December 9th, 2020: Susan and Martin released a Screech Owl. The owl only stayed one night. After observing the owl’s behavior overnight, Martin decided the best thing was to get him back in the wild as soon as possible.

One Great Horned Owl’s Lucky Break

Martin and Susan were called out to check on a Great Horned Owl in someone’s backyard. Upon arrival, Martin caught the injured owl and did a quick exam. The owl had a broken wing, but fortunately, one that could heal with a little time. After some time at our rescue center, this Owl was released back to the wild.

3 Hawks, 1 Owl and 23 Years!

September 29th is the 23rd Anniversary of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah. We were founded in 1997. To celebrate, we dug though the archives and found some old footage to share.

It’s old, very old, of much smaller frame size than usual.

Today’s tales include the releases of a Cooper’s Hawk, a Great Horned Owl and a Red Tail Hawk.

We’ll be sharing more bits from the archives all week.

Thank you for helping us help critters!

Barn Owl Demands His Freedom!

On June 29th a young Barn Owl arrived at the rescue center. The young one was skinny and lethargic.

After a first quick meal, the owl was put in a rehab chamber to begin gaining strength. This owl recovered well while mostly left alone.

Disturbed briefly on July 8th, the owl was moved to a bigger chamber to allow room for a new Cooper’s Hawk. The owl was very lively, and near ready for release.

On July 11th, this very feisty and vocal Barn Owl was released back to the wild where he belongs.

Barn Owl Gave a Good Fight

A Barn Owl arrived late afternoon on November 7th, 2019 from Utah DWR. We’d received calls about this owl throughout the day, and expected the arrival. Martin immediately examined the condition of the owl. After a first meal, the owl was taken to a small dark and mostly quiet chamber. It was near Belle the Harris Hawk’s outdoor chamber and she was not very quiet.

For two days, Martin checked on the owl frequently. The owl made it through the first night and was fed again the next day.

Despite showing some signs of recovery, when Martin checked on the owl early in the morning of November 9th, the owl had passed.

In Search of a Hawk and a Great Horned Owl

In early evening of July 28th, Martin received a call about an injured hawk or type of bird out at the wind farm in Milford. He quickly got on the road for a long trip out to desert area in search of the injured bird.

While searching, he received word of another injured bird in the area, a young great horned owl.

This video includes his searches and shares a sample of all the road and foot time he puts in with wildlife rescues.

Martin also shares some advice about keeping alert on rural roads and how to report an injured animal if you come across one.

Rescue of Great Horned Owl

Martin is called about an injured Great Horned Owl not too far from his house. Using two new cameras donated to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, he shared his trip out to find the owl.

Talking about the area and the wildife around him, Martin described his trip and explained the information he was given.

He succeeded in finding the owl, captures the bird in a net, then returns to the rehab facilities to examine the owl.

His initial diagnosis did not look good so he took the owl to the veterinarian to confirm.

Young and Skinny Great Horned Owl

Martin was called about this owl near the side of a road. It had been hit by a car and was unable to fly. Upon catching the owl, Martin noticed he was very thin.

Feeling nothing broken, Martin determined likely a concussion and soft tissue damage.

The owl stayed with us for about a month rehabbing and was released on October 16th.