Eastern Screech Owl
In early November 2021, Gimli was found on the side of the road after it was suspected he had been hit by a car. He was deemed non-releasable due to the severity of an eye injury and lack of hunting skills as a first-year bird.
Hatch Year: 2021
Average Weight: 4-8 ounces | Gimli: 5 ounces
Wingspan: 19-24 in
Lifespan in the Wild: 10 years
Lifespan in Captivity: 15 years
Fun Fact: Gimli as a name is derived from an old Norse word meaning “fire.” As a red morph Eastern Screech Owl, Gimli completes our program as the third color variation (or morph) that Eastern Screech Owls can be in the wild.
About my Species: Eastern Screech Owls are common throughout the Eastern United States and tend to have a sizeable urban population, often being found within cities such as Milwaukee. Though they are not the smallest owls that reside in WI, they are the second smallest, often mistaken for a young owl due to their size.