Eastern Screech-Owl #21-1102 update

Eastern Screech-Owl #21-1102 has been doing well in one of the Center's B-pens, along with three other owlets. The group of young owls has been eating well, growing, and practicing short flights around the enclosure. A recent feather assessment confirmed that #21-1102 has many flight feathers growing in; once these are fully grown, the rehabilitation staff will begin a daily exercise regimen to get the owlet's flight muscles in good condition. The owlet will also need to be separated from its introduced siblings for a final "mouse school" prior to release; this opportunity to practice hunting live prey is an essential part of rehabilitation for young orphaned or injured raptors to ensure they can successfully survive in the wild.