Raptor Ambassadors of OWL
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.
Sponsor a Raptor
OWL’s Sponsor-a-Raptor program allows a person, family, or organization to sponsor one or more of our permanent residents. You will receive a certificate that includes a picture of the raptor you have sponsored, their story, and a tax receipt. If this is a gift, please email OWL at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name you would like on the Sponsorship Certificate, the address of who will be receiving it, and any other special instructions. For the tax receipt, if you wish to receive it, please provide your name and address so we can send it separately to you or please let us know if you wish to have the tax receipt in the gift recipient’s name and be included with the Sponsorship Certificate. If no information is provided, no tax receipt will be sent..
Please Note: You will not have any physical interaction with the bird if you sponsor a raptor.
Single Raptor Sponsorship – $30
Double Cage Mate Sponsorship – $40
To sponsor a raptor or cage mates, please click the button below their descriptions.
If you would like to sponsor a raptor and make a larger donation towards the sponsorship, please give us a call or email us.
Front Education Raptor Ambassadors
These birds reside at the front of OWL’s property and are viewable during tours and Onsite Education Programs. All of these raptors 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 and they are an important part of educating the public about raptors.
Prairie Falcon (Male)
Date of Arrival: October 2014
Location Found: Castlegar
Injury: Infected wound on right wing on webbing, which migrated to the bone; Missing right wing tip
Northern Goshawk (Male)
Date of Arrival: October 2016
Location Found: Terrace
Injury: Found running on ground with a broken left wing near elbow; Was already calcified when he arrived
Red-Tailed Hawk (Female)
Date of Arrival: June 2006
Location Found: Delta – Next to OWL’s property
Injury: Hit by car causing broken right wing; Originally released in 2003 after going through our facility
Great Horned Owl (Female)
Date of Arrival: August 1999
Location Found: Prince George
Injury: Possibly caught in a snap trap; Found with broken right wing and missing talons on left foot
Offsite Education Raptor Ambassadors
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 Raptor Ambassadors
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.