Humboldt short-eared owl

SEOW Admission Date: 31 October 2017
Outcome: Released14 March 2018 at Dunbar Slough in Greene Co
Location of Rescue: Humboldt County
Cause of Admission / Condition: Undetermined / grounded
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories

As with most of our admits, little is known about this owl… other than it is VERY emaciated! The short-eared owl is on the Iowa endangered species list. This owl is a ground nester and depends on large tracts of grassland. In Iowa, the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City has nesting short-eared owls.

Read more about the short-eared owl from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology!


7 November 2017
The owl has progressed to eating on its own! This owl will stay in ICU to more easily monitor food consumption (and output!) until weight is back in the normal range.

8 March 2018
This is one of two short-eared owls that are ready for release.