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The oldest Elf Owl 1352-73411. Banded first on 07/02/17 and
recaptured 05/09/22.

Uncover the Secret Life of Forest Owls

Last year, our team recovered a previously banded Elf Owl during our Following Forest Owl program. This is a rare occurrence, with only five recovery records in the past 63 years. To top it off, it was a bird we banded back in 2017. At just a month shy of six years old, this bird is now the oldest known Elf Owl found in the wild.

Like most of the owls we study, the Elf Owl is considered a “knowledge gap” species. This means we know little about them, including their ecology and habitat requirements. Your generosity will allow us to close these types of knowledge gaps that will help conserve forest owls so they can exist for generations to come.

After we finished collecting data on that nearly six-year-old Elf Owl, we did what we often do—allow a volunteer to release it back into the night sky. As it took off, in perfect silence, we watched it disappear into the dark. With your help, we hope to shine a light on these birds so they don’t disappear for good.

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