Hoot of a Day at O.W.L.


Did you know there are eagles, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey live in and around Vancouver? In the city, it's sometimes easy to forget we are surrounded by wildlife. And sometimes the city and wildlife clashes and organizations like O.W.L step in to help. O.W.L (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) is a non-profit organization, located in Delta, that focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey.

Last weekend, April 25 & 26, 2015, O.W.L. held its annual Spring open house. Attendees were invited to tour the facilities and go behind the scenes to talk to the people who work there. Each day, there was a rehabilitated bird released. I didn't arrive in time to witness it though but I'm sure it would have been a sight to see!

More than 400 birds of prey pass through O.W.L each year, coming from all over BC, other provinces and the USA. The majority of the birds arrive from the Lower Mainland.

They are also home to birds of prey that are deemed unreleasable. The birds are so beautiful! 

There was this adorable little owl on the desk inside one of the buildings. It's tiny! Snoopy is a Northern saw-whet owl.

Sarah is a beautiful barn owl. Barn owls are losing their habitats here in BC and also at risk of being poisoned by rodents that were killed by rat poison.

This O.W.L. worker is holding a Barred Owl. They are very pretty birds. Did you know that there are two of them living in VanDusen Botanical Garden?

 Lots of people showed up to the open house.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory was also there selling these cute white chocolate caramel apples.

Up above, I could see birds of prey circling.

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