Rescued owls will be released at Rice days before Halloween

A screech owl with head trauma was found on the campus of Rice University in March 2019 and quickly taken to the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas. Over the next seven months, the center rehabilitated the owl to the point that it’s now ready to return to its natural habitat.


An injured owl rescued at Rice will be released back into his natural habitat along with two new friends Oct. 25. (Photo courtesy of Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas)

An injured owl rescued at Rice will be released back into his natural habitat along with two new friends Oct. 25. (Photo courtesy of Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas)

The owl also bonded with two younger screech owls who were recovering from other injuries.

At dusk on Oct. 25, the trio will take flight together as they’re returned to the wild near Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts. Rice adopted the owl as its mascot in 1912, and many owls continue to make their homes in the tree-lined campus to this day.

This event will coincide with the launch of the Houston SPCA’s Young Professionals group and will feature light bites and music. The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited.

What: Release of three rehabilitated screech owls on the campus of Rice University

Who: Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas

When: Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Moody Center for the Arts, 6100 Main St.

To register, visit houstonspca.org/news-and-events. For a Rice University map and parking information visit parking.rice.edu.

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