Intervening to Keep Juvenile Raptors in the Wild

Sometimes wildlife rehabilitators can resolve a problem in the field, by intervening to help a raptor family that is threatened because of human activity.  For example, a Great Horned Owl nest was successfully moved from a large pine tree that was about to be cut down in a suburban back yard, to a laundry basket nest in adjacent pine tree.  Wildlife rehabilitators should obtain permission from federal authorities before relocating an active raptor nest.  Click here for more information about Reuniting and the Law.

Barn Owls often nest in deer hunter’s shooting stands


Raptor broods found in occupied dwellings or other locations where the nest is seriously threatened because of human activity can be relocated short distances to ensure the safety of the young. Barn owls are the species most frequently relocated, owing to their habit of nesting in barns, attics, grain silos and shooting stands. A barn owl box can be installed nearby, and the juveniles can be moved shortly before dark, the time when the adults will be most active.  Fledgling Barn Owls, like the ones pictured above, have to be handled with extreme care because of their aggressive behavior when disturbed.   The recorded calls are extremely helpful in attracting the adult birds to the new location as soon as darkness falls. Click here for a case history


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