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Northern Saw-Whet Owl 10-583

by Kathleen Weflen

Sunday morning, Oct. 10, 2010, someone walking on the University of Minnesota campus spotted a softball-size bundle of brown and white feathers on the grass below a window of a brick building. Slowly approaching, the person could tell it was a bird with a head as big as its body. Its eyes were closed, and it did not move.

Feathers lay scattered on the ground. After leaving and returning with a cardboard box, the rescuer gently lifted the bird, placed it on a soft towel in the box, and carried it to a bird medical clinic called The Raptor Center. There veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, and volunteers take care of injured raptors (birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, falcons, ospreys, vultures, and owls). Every year, The Raptor Center on the St. Paul campus treats about 700 injured, sick, or orphaned birds from all over Minnesota and surrounding states.

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Teachers Resources

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Teachers Guide for
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Learn how to help stop window crashes and find links to more info about saw-whet owls.

Watch a video of The Raptor Center's rehabilitation of
saw-whet owl 10-583.

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