In the past few years there have been a pair of Great-Horned Owls making Minikahda their home. Last year us in the Grounds Department watched as the pair successfully had a young offspring in the pine trees behind #11 green.
This year they are back again. Late last Sunday afternoon i received a phone call about an owl that had fallen from its nest by hole #11. Member Archie Smith phoned in the sighting saying that the owl was sitting next to one of the pine trees. The first thing i did was phone The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. I was asked to go make sure it was not injured and then send them some pictures. After sending the veterinarian some pictures and discussing our options, we decided that the best thing to do was leave the juvenile owl alone since both adults were in the trees above, along with two other juveniles. Below are a few pictures of the Great-Horned Owls that roam Minikahda at night.