RIP Pip the Eastern Screech Owl

30 Aug

Sad, sad news this week. Our resident Eastern Screech Owl Pip who has been with us since 2002 has passed away. Pip was at least 11 years old when he passed away. Out in the wild Screech owls can live to be about 9 or 10 years old and living in captivity their life expectancy can double.

Pip was one of the sweetest, most lovable birds I have ever met. He was always very gentle and enjoyed going out on programs to visit schools and educate others on Michigan’s native wildlife. His favorite thing to do was to take baths in his water dish. Wildlife Staff would come in the morning and his entire cage would be soaked from his late night bath session. The Wildlife Center gets a lot of orphaned baby Screech Owls in, especially in the spring time and Pip was the perfect foster bird to them. We would often find the baby owlets cuddling under the one wing he had.

When Dr. Whoo are second resident came to live with us, Pip loved having a full time roommate. They would often be calling to each other late at night while we had programs. A lot of the time we could play Screech Owl calls and Pip would call back to us. He was an amazing ambassador!!

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored Pip over the past 11 years. Your support means so much to us and I’m sure Pip thought so too! If you’d like to donate in his honor you can visit or you can donate anything on our wish list, which is located at



“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.”

John Galsworthy, English novelist and playwright

The baby screech pictured with our permanent resident Pip

The baby screech pictured with our permanent resident Pip






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