Monday, 15 April 2013

Wildlife event attracts large enthusiastic crowd in Metro Vancouver

Wildlife event attracts large enthusiastic crowd in Metro Vancouver, Hundreds of visitors gathered today at O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) to witness the release of a rehabilitated bald eagle in the Metro Vancouver community of Ladner.

The day’s activities also included environmental and wildlife displays, tours behind the scenes of the operation - from the examination room to some of the pre-release cages not normally open to the public. Visitors were also able to visit the Interpretive Centre, OWL's Nest Gifts and the Schoolhouse.

O.W.L. as a non-profit society presently houses about 200 injured birds of prey including about 20 different bird species such as owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles.

Director Bev Day says: “If we weren’t needed, we wouldn’t have to be building bigger cages. Many of the injured birds remain about 6 to 8 months at this facility before we release them from OWL or return them to the location where they were found.”

Injured or orphaned birds of prey such as eagles, red-tail hawks and barn owls are sent to O.W.L. from all over British Columbia, other provinces and the U.S.A. The facilities suffered some serious damage from winter winds and flooding recently and are in extra need of donations. To volunteer or donate, contact the O.W.L. website or telephone: 604.946.3171.

Day also emphasized that O.W.L. sincerely values its many volunteers who are dedicated to public education and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned birds. “Every person who volunteers gives a part of their heart to the wildlife.”

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