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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

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Learn About Patient #19-890

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Flammulated Owl (Psiloscops flammeolus)
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 4-6 years
  • Wingspan: 14 inches
  • Length: 6 inches
  • Weight: 1.8 - 2.3 ounces
  • Range in the Wild: Migratory - Canada to Central America
  • Habitat in the Wild: Most commonly found in the mountain in open pine forests, nests typically in ponderosa pine.
  • Diet: Carnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: Insects - almost exclusively moths, beetles and crickets
    • Birth: Unknown
    • Arrival: August 26
    • Injury: Head Trauma
    • Gender: Unknown

A tiny, uncommon owl arrives…

It’s been many years since a flammulated owl needed our help. This small feathered friend arrived in Wildlife Images’ clinic in late August. Patient 19-890 came in from the Grants Pass area. It was apparently sitting in the driveway, not moving much, when a neighborhood cat pounced on it. Finders scooped him up and brought him to Wildlife Images. The animal care team immediately suspected some kind of head trauma – perhaps due to a window or car strike. As you can imagine, this guy was pretty shaken up. First a trauma, then a cat attack, and then strange creatures surrounding him. We weren’t surprised when at first he didn’t eat on his own. He is still being force fed, but he has started putting on weight so we are hopeful he can eat on his own soon.

Now you see them, now you don’t… 

Good luck spotting these guys in the wild! Since the flammulated owl is incredibly well camouflaged you likely won’t spot one unless you know they are there. In fact, according to the Audubon Society, these guys are so hard to spot that, until recently, they were thought to be less common than they actually are.

Insects are her love language… 

If it’s got a backbone the flammulated owl wants nothing to do with it. Unlike many other owl species, these guys feast exclusively on insects. In fact, during the courting process, a male owl will set up a buffet of tasty tidbits as the female begs to be fed… talk about romance!


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11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Clinic/Office/Gift Shop Hours
7 days a week, 9:00 - 4:00

Self-Guided Tours
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 - 3:00   
(Park closes at 3:00)   

Ticket Prices                                                          
Adults $14 | Seniors $12 (65+)
Children (ages 4-13) $7
Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 115 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.