Meet OWL’s permanent residents
The Great Horned Owl is glove trained and goes out to schools and other events with our Educators to help teach the public about raptors and why they are important.
Casper is an amazing foster mom. She has fostered dozens of baby Great Horned Owls during our time with us. When she is not busy with her duties, you can view her in Front Education during one of our Public Tours.
OWL’s primary goal and mission is to rehabilitate and release sick, injured, or orphaned raptors back into the wild. However, there are some cases where a raptor suffers a permanent injury which makes them unable to survive in the wild and they adjust 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.
OWL would never be where it’s at today without the help of these special staff members.
The Raptors of OWL
Front Education Birds
These birds reside at the front of OWL’s property and are viewable during tours and Onsite Education Programs. All of these raptors 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. They contribute to OWL by helping raise orphaned babies or by simply providing 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 OWL Educators or Volunteers to schools, other education events, or offsite displays as ambassadors for their species and are the ones you will meet during educational programs and displays. While back in their homes at OWL on their days off, they are off limits to the public for viewing. They are only viewable once a year onsite during our annual Open House. 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 provide company to some of the older injured raptors who are going through the rehab process when they are having problems adapting to being in captivity during their stay at OWL. Although they are not viewable to the public in any way, they still have an important job to do at OWL. They are sometimes featured on our Social Media pages, so be sure to keep an eye out for them there.