You can help name the newest education raptor at Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center: a handsome red phase Eastern Screech Owl. This beautiful bird joins a grey phase Eastern Screech Owl “Willow” and six other non-releasable raptor educational ambassadors. This new bird was found injured along a road in Albion this spring. His damaged eye had to be surgically removed. Not releasable due to reduced vision and hearing, he is otherwise healthy and a good companion to Willow.
Tamarack invites individuals, groups and classes to make suggestions for this owl’s name. Submit names by going to Tamarack Wildlife Center’s Facebook page and posting the name suggestion and the reason you like that name on the wall. Suggestions can be submitted electronically any time from now until midnight Oct. 18. Suggestions can also be mailed to the center at 21601 Stull Road, Saegertown, PA 16433 or made in person at the Center’s Open House on Oct. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. The bird’s name will be chosen from among the suggestions submitted.
Eastern Screech Owls can be one of three colors: grey, red, or an intermediate brown. In this area, roughly one third of these birds are red. With the addition of this bird, two of the Screech Owl colors can now be shown in Tamarack’s education programs. Like all Pennsylvania raptors, these birds are protected by state and federal law and the appropriate permits for keeping them have been acquired. Screech Owls commonly live in city parks and back yards, just needing a tree cavity or nest box in which they can raise a family. Their call is a descending “whinny.”