Owl (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society
3800 72nd St, Ladner, BC
This non-profit group rehabilitates injured and orphaned birds with the goal of educating the public about birds of prey.
|Open houses Sat and Sun from 10AM – 3PM|
Profile Last Updated: January 22, 2009
OWL is a non-profit organization that aims to rehabilitate injured birds and release them back to the wild. The facility accepts injured birds, especially birds of prey with volunteers taking care of birds through feeding, medication and treatment of broken bones. Veterinary care for more serious cases like fractures is offered by local animal hospitals. Birds come into OWL from all over the province, country and areas of the United States. However, most of the birds originate from the Lower Mainland. Birds can either be dropped off, or volunteers will come and pick them up. For birds that cannot be re-released into the wild, OWL finds breeding programs for them so that their young can be released. As well, OWL works with local scientific programs to conduct animal and environmental studies.
Education is Key
Aside from taking care of injured birds, OWL aims to educate the public about birds of prey. Schools from across the Lower Mainland and surrounding areas regularly visit OWL for class trips and these trips allow children to see birds like owls and eagles up close. Older students from secondary schools can take part in OWL’s learn and work program and instructors will even make visits to the classroom. Volunteers are happy to talk about local species of birds and how to avoid endangering animals in the wild. They’ll even bring a live bird with them! To learn more about the birds, there’s also an open house at the facility every Saturday and Sunday.
Based on Volunteers
OWL relies on the support of sponsors and volunteers to run the programs. They’re always looking for new volunteers who are interested in bird care, giving public tours and helping out with fundraisers. Those who choose to work with birds are trained by veterinarians. It’s a great place to meet others who are interested in preserving wildlife. Another way to help out is to get together with a group and “adopt” a bird or a pair of birds for a year. The money will help the centre fund its feeding and rehabilitation programs.