Barred Owl Found by Roadside

In mid-February we admitted a Barred owl from the Adams-Friendship area. The owl was found on a snowbank at the side of the road. He was very weak, periodically unconscious and had a broken leg. Debi Solchenberger-Hince found Barred Owl and called REGI for help. This is the story Debi wrote along with the photos she took when she found the owl and while he was with her. The Facebook post and several admission photos of this sweet boy was posted on February 21st. You can read it on Facebook if you like. The great news is the owl Debi named “Vladimir” has done well and is nearing release. He will be going back to Debi and to his territory for release within the next week to 10 days. Thank you Debi for writing his story. It is great to get the perspective of those that find our patients. The best news, your boy is coming home!

The Barred Owl as he was found in a snowbank near Coloma, WI.  He was weak and unable to respond to Debi Solchenberger-Hince who rescued him and got him help. Photos by Debi.

The Barred Owl as he was found in a snowbank near Coloma, WI.  He was weak and unable to respond to Debi Solchenberger-Hince who rescued him and got him help. Photos by Debi.

We count on the public more all the time as public dollars for state and federal wildlife agencies shrinks. Sadly, it has become the responsibility of the public to help us recover and help transport patients to us.

Debi Solchenberger-Hince write the following.
“I found this guy on Hwy 21 just outside of Coloma WI. I was passing him and seen him off to the side laying in snow, trying to fly but couldn’t. I turned around, walked up to him with caution, and he barely lifted his head and looked at me as if to say help. I couldnt find the number for DNR, so I dialed 911. They tried to call DNR but called back and said no one was on call in the area. They said I could either just leave him there or take him with me and try to contact some rehabilitation groups. I already had wrapped him in a blanket that I had in my van, and put him in the van to warm up. I took him home and started to contact numbers giving to me by the 911 call I placed.

We don't suggest any wild bird is put into a wire cage, but this poor Barred owl was so sick and unconscious most of the time.  Cardboard boxes make holding and transport boxes for birds. Photo by Debi

We don't suggest any wild bird is put into a wire cage, but this poor Barred owl was so sick and unconscious most of the time.  Cardboard boxes make holding and transport boxes for birds. Photo by Debi

Debi continues..."It was after hours and I was getting no response. So I went on Facebook and asked if anyone knew who I could contact for help. My cousin Dawn Solchenberger told me to contact Raptor Education Inc. I did and Aubrey called me back shortly after. I explained to Audrey I was having brake issues and didn't feel safe traveling that far. Audrey quickly arranged for a volunteer from Wisconsin Rapids to pick Vladimir up, right from my house! (John Molski) Thank God for these people and the volunteers who help in transporting these animals to where they can get the help they need” .

John Molski of Wisconsin Rapids transported the mostly unconscious Barred Owl from Coloma, WI to the R.E.G.I. clinic in Antigo. Thank you John for your help.

John Molski of Wisconsin Rapids transported the mostly unconscious Barred Owl from Coloma, WI to the R.E.G.I. clinic in Antigo. Thank you John for your help.

He is looking lots better now and will soon be going home.  He sustained a fractured leg but is recovering well.

He is looking lots better now and will soon be going home.  He sustained a fractured leg but is recovering well.

It is always great to hear the story from the person that first found and rescued the birds that become our patients.  As a non-profit that is not funded by the state or federal government we rely on volunteer to help us as much as possible with rescue and transport of our patients. Thank you so much Debi for caring about this beautiful owl. He will be home soon.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Marge Gibson