Whoooo lives here?
In addition to the birds living in our forest and visiting our feeders, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is home to two resident birds. Both our Barred Owl and American Kestrel are rescues that were originally taken to Blackland Prairie Raptor Center for rehabilitation. Neither bird is capable of surviving in the wild and they've joined us here at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center to assist with our education programs.
Our Barred Owl is named "Ollie." He came to our Center in April 2016 as a partially flighted bird, having previously been involved in an accident with a vehicle. Since he is a nocturnal bird, visitors have a greater chance of observing him during our evening and night events. His typical diet while in our care consists of rodents, small birds and rabbits.
Our American Kestrel came to Dogwood Canyon in September 2016. He is fully flighted, but is human-imprinted. When young birds imprint on humans, they lack the skills needed to survive in the wild and are rejected by other birds of their species. Since it is impossible to reverse the imprinting process, human-imprinted birds will identify with humans for life. Our Kestrel is active in his mews and is easy for visitors to see on their way to hiking our trails. His typical diet while in our care consists of small rodents and birds.
Who to contact if you locate a bird:
We are not equipped to accept wild birds.
In addition to the resources below, we recommend this article on the Audubon Texas page.
Helpful Resource from Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation:
What to do if you found a bird