COLORADO SPRINGS — Something to hoot about in Colorado Springs. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) along with Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) rescued two great horned owlets Thursday.
However on Monday, the nest they were in broke apart, and since the owlets have no nest and in a high-traffic area near I-25 they were sent off to rehab.
The baby owls had fallen out of their nest for the second time within a few days, according to CPW. The owlets will now be at Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center’s raptor campus in Pueblo. They will stay there with a resident foster mom owl until they are old enough to be released.
Firefighter Eli Neshiem put them back in the nest with station 9. The owls won’t be ready to fly for 30 days or so and their mother was watching the rescue nearby.
“Before this all happened, the mom was in the tree she flew off into the north but she’ll likely come back when we leave this area,” CPW Officer Corey Adler said. “Hopefully they don’t come out again. Hopefully, they’ll stay in there for another 30-35 days then they’ll have enough feathers, and muscles so they can do some flights and fly away from the nest.”
If you see hawks, eagles, or owls on the ground call CPW office at (719) 227-5200 but if it is after hours call Colorado State Patrol at (303) 239-4501.