The Wildlife Rehab & Education Center, Houston’s only wildlife trauma hospital for ALL species of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife, is reminding the public to be on the look out for wildlife impacted by the freezing temperatures. WR&E Wildlife Center has already seen an increase in animals brought to the Center due to the freeze.
Besides brown pelicans, another species that has been impacted by the freezing temperatures are the Eastern screech owls. The Wildlife Center has been receiving about 4-5 screech owls every day for the last few days. This is highly unusual and seems to be related to the weather. Most of the birds are very emaciated and hypothermic. The owls are only about 8 inches tall and either gray or rust colored. Many people think these are baby owls, but they are adults.
If you find a screech owl in distress, it is important to pick them up and get them to the Wildlife Center as soon as possible. The best way to pick them up is to drape a soft rag over them and gently scoop them into a box. The Wildlife Center is open 7 days a week from 9 am – 4 pm and is located at 7007 Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024. If a screech owl is found after hours put him/her in a box, get him/her warmed up, and leave a message at the Wildlife Center 713-861-9453 713-861-9453 . Your message will be returned promptly the next morning. Check out WR&E Wildlife Center website for more information at www.wrande.org.