Breda GHO Hatchlings

great horned owlets Admission Date: 28 March 2016
Outcome: Released, 15 and 21 July 2016
Location of Rescue: Breda, IA
Cause of Admission / Condition: Nest destruction
Patient Status: Patient Archive

Kay says, “It’s spring!” The first great horned owl hatchlings admitted from Carroll County.

This is from rescuer, Matt W, naturalist with Carroll County Conservation: “Another day in the life of a naturalist. Three baby great horned owls rescued from a tree being cut down where their nest was. They are less than a week old… Off they go to Kay at SOAR for her to work her mamma Great Horned magic.”

From reading comments to Matt’s original post… seems the tree service did not know the nest was there until half of the tree was already cut down and leaving the remaining portion of the tree was not safe.

Matt also commented, “They’re just too little to try and put into a new spot right now. I was REALLY hoping that they’d be a bit older and we could make a makeshift nest box structure in a nearby tree. The risk is that at this small they won’t be found upon relocation; they might have been, or they might not have. Getting them to Kay gives them a MUCH better chance at growing up successfully. Once old enough, we’ll release them back in the area they were born.”