Meet O.W.L.’s permanent residents.
O.W.L.’s primary goal is to rehabilitate and release sick, injured, and orphaned raptors. However, there are some rare cases where a bird suffers permanent injury and can not survive in the wild and adjusts well to human contact. These birds are given another chance to help their species by becoming educational ambassadors (helping to educate the public about raptors and environmental conservation) or by becoming foster parents to orphaned babies and companions to other raptors going through our facility.
O.W.L. would never be where it’s at today without the help of these special staff members.
The Raptors of O.W.L.
Front Education Birds
These birds reside at the front of O.W.L.’s property and are viewable during tours and Onsite programs. All of these birds, for a variety of reasons, are non-releasable to the wild but due to the fact they are kept in captivity with very little stress (regular food, no enemies, or competition for food), they can live double or triple their regular lifespan. These birds often contribute to O.W.L. by helping to raise orphaned babies or sometimes simply by keeping company to newly arrived injured birds that are having trouble being in captivity during their treatment.
These birds are all available for sponsorship.
Offsite Education Birds
These birds accompany an O.W.L. Educator or volunteers to schools or offsite displays as ambassadors for their species. They are the ones you will meet during educational programs and displays. While back in their homes at O.W.L. on their days off, they are off limits to the public for viewing. To make sure their field trips are less stressful, they are all “gloved-trained” and have been acclimatized to groups of humans using falconry techniques.
Non-Viewable Foster Parents
These birds work behind the scenes to help foster orphaned babies and to sometimes help keep some of the older injured birds company when they are having problems adapting to being in captivity during their stay at O.W.L. Although they are not viewable by the public in any way, they still have an important job to do at O.W.L.