Why are so many owls getting injured in the Mohawk Valley?

Owls are getting injured and finding their way to the Woodhaven Wildlife Center in Chadwicks.

Posted: Feb 28, 2021 2:59 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2021 3:04 PM

CHADWICKS, N.Y. - The Woodhaven Wildlife Center in Chadwicks is seeing a large number of injured owls come their way lately.

NYS DEC-licensed wildlife rehabilitator Judy Cusworth, who owns Woodhaven Wildlife Center, says it's due to the large snowfall we've been seeing this month, "Problem is, they can’t find anything to eat, snow cover is deep and then you get ice and the crustiness, so they’re hunting the roads, and so the accident rate is up a great deal."

Cusworth says she received an owl this weekend from the Beaver Meadow Veterinary Clinic in Barneveld after a woman brought it there after seeing it crash into someone's windshield and fall to the ground on Rabbit Road in Floyd, "We just got a barred owl back from Cornell. I had sent them one that was hit by a car and they sent it back, now we'll be releasing it, but the owl came from Rabbit Road in Floyd, two barred owls from Rabbit Road."

Cusworth says this latest owl has injuries to its eye and its beak, so she will be taking that one also to the Cornell Wildlife Hospital in Ithaca, "When he came in his eye didn’t open fully, so they’re gonna have to check the eye to make sure there’s no damage. And then the beak, they’re gonna have to see, is it stable, is it just a crack that might granulate in, or is it gonna be an issue, they have to figure that out."

The Woodhaven Wildlife Center in Chadwicks is a not for profit which relies totally on donations.

Their website is: woodhavenwildlifecenter.org.

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