View Full Version : A look into O.W.L.

03-30-2008, 08:28 PM
For the last couple of months, I've spent one or two days a week volunteering at O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) located in Delta. O.W.L. is a non-profit organization which helps injured birds of prey like eagles, hawks, owls, kestrels, and merlins. They take care and tend to the birds and their injuries, a bird hospital in a sense. The birds that they successfully nurse back to heal are released back into the wild in the area they were found. But some birds have too severe of injuries and have to be put down, or some are unable to survive in the wild due to their injuries (ie. wing amputations, blindness, etc.). These birds become educational birds which they use to teach the public about birds of prey and what to do if they find one injured.

So, since you told me you loved my pictures so much Kevin, here are some of the birds at O.W.L... just for you...

Sarah, a 8 month old barn owl. She's the ambassador of OWL as well as an educational bird.

Sarah taking an afternoon nap.

Me feeding Sarah.

Gabby, a bald eagle who's over 30 years old. We think he got poisoned long time ago, affecting his blood feathers. This means every time he does his yearly molt of feathers, he can bleed to death without the medication we provide him. He was also a foster parent when we have abandonned baby bald eagles come in.

Kermit and Serenity, two of the snowy owls. Serenity is the female with the black spots.

Piggy and Kermit, the two male snowy owls. Piggy was hit by a plane at YVR and Kermit was hit by a car, causing permanent wing injuries.

Piggy, a snowy owl, peeking at the visitors.

Pepe, Chuck, and Precious, the turkey vultures.

Buttons, the short-eared owl who had to have his left wing amputated due to a severely broken wing.

Goldie, the female golden eagle.

Goldie (top) and Meritt (bottom), the male and female golden eagles. They both have permanent damage to their wings, which prevents them from flying long distances.

Kali, a merlin.

Barb, one of my supervisors, doing practice flights with Gurdy, a peregrine falcon and preparing her for release.

Nelson, a peregrine falcon who is blind in his left eye.

Sonsie, enjoying the sun. Sonsie was found as a juvenile in the Yukon being attacked by crows. He was rescued by a Swiss couple who took care of him for a while before sending him to OWL. By then, he was too accustomed to people and associated food with people, making it impossible to release him. He is now an educational bird.

Sonsie eating his lunch... whole.

Snoopy, a Northern saw whet owl. He suffered head trauma and has some brain damage, so he can't fly very well. He's very mellow, almost like he's got a perma-stone.

Me and Snoopy.

Flinger, a Mexican roadside hawk. He was found in Hope (which is strange because they're supposed to be in Mexico and Brazil) as a baby and was raised by people on rice, potato, and roast beef. This caused a calcium deficiency in his bones making him able to fly only short distances.


Me and Flinger.

BTW, it was nice seeing everyone at Kevin's on Saturday! Good to see everyone is doing well and hope to see you all again soon! 3 more weeks... YEAH!!!

Mud Maiden
03-30-2008, 08:57 PM
Wow, those are some really great pictures! I can't believe how beautiful those birds are. Awesome!

03-30-2008, 08:57 PM
Nice pictures, where is OWL?

03-30-2008, 09:11 PM
Nice pictures. I like white owl.

It is special you help birds.

Are some of the owls Deaf or Blind?

03-30-2008, 09:25 PM
Nice pictures. I like white owl.

It is special you help birds.

Are some of the owls Deaf or Blind?

Thanks... I love doing, but it's tough sometimes seeing the birds come into OWL with injuries. But we try to do what we can...

As far as I know, none of the birds are deaf. As for blind, Nelson, the one pictured is blind in his left eye. Here's a better picture to show it.


Flinger, the Mexican roadside hawk, has poor eyesight. He's not blind just his eyesight very good. That's why we hand feed him. We also have a great grey owl named Delilah who lost the sight in her right eye from being hit by a car, so she can't catch food very well either.

03-30-2008, 09:29 PM
Awesome pictures. I make a yearly trip to OWL every year with a cheque from the company I work for. I love what you guys are doing.

03-30-2008, 09:30 PM
Nice pictures, where is OWL?

OWL is in Delta off Ladner Trunk Road (HWY 10). The address is:
3800 - 72nd Street, Delta, BC

There's gonna be an Open House on April 26th and 27th (Sat & Sun). It's the only time of the year where you get to see the entire centre... the medical room, IC unit, the back enclosures, all the areas that are normally closed off to the public... except these two days. Plus, if the conditions are right, we're going to release a couple of birds.

03-30-2008, 09:35 PM
Those are great pics! Never put much thought into what OWL does, but after seeing those, it looks worthwhile.

03-30-2008, 09:47 PM
Wow.... Excellent Pics. Keep up the good work. [cheers]

Taz Jeep
03-30-2008, 10:12 PM
Awesome pic's [cheers]

Dirty Girls
03-30-2008, 10:25 PM
Wow i love the second picture. Ive never been up close to one. They are cool looken

03-30-2008, 10:28 PM
cool pix very pretty markings owls eagles have

03-30-2008, 10:43 PM
Wow great pictures, thanks for sharing and great work you do for all the animals.


03-30-2008, 10:52 PM

03-30-2008, 10:54 PM
Those are amazing photos! I'll keep in mind about the open house, my nephew would love to see them! Besieds the open house, on regular days, are there times that visitors can come and view some of the birds?

03-31-2008, 05:56 AM
AWesome pictures , and gotta love the snowny owls faces ,bald eagles are beautiful, I can imagine how hard it is to work there but having the attitude that you do what you can and give comfort to them is the best a person can do , good for you thanks for the sharing the pictures with us

03-31-2008, 06:25 AM
Awsome pictures! Does Ted Williams still work there? I was friends with his son before he passed and was around when Greatie (sp?) the great horned owl was being socialised to work in classrooms. O.W.L. does some very good things, good to see someone volunteering there.[36]

03-31-2008, 09:11 AM
very cool, its not often we get to see those kinds of birds so close up

03-31-2008, 09:22 AM
wow those are awesome pictures Sue!
thanks for sharing

03-31-2008, 11:25 AM
I love owls, hawks and eagles. I went to a bird of prey santuary in Alaska when I was there and loved it!

I'd love to go there...hmmm, April 26th eh? Will you be there?

03-31-2008, 11:33 AM
WOW, awesome pictures and story

03-31-2008, 11:45 AM
I love owls, hawks and eagles. I went to a bird of prey santuary in Alaska when I was there and loved it!

I'd love to go there...hmmm, April 26th eh? Will you be there?

Yep Sue will be there

03-31-2008, 11:46 AM
Very cool pics, those birds look amazing!!!! Good on ya for helpin' them out!!!!

03-31-2008, 12:58 PM
I love the big birds, my parents have a few parrots... I can tell ya there's nothing like having a 10-20lb bird sitting on your arm or shoulder.

03-31-2008, 01:27 PM
mmmmmmmmmm big birds........who's bringin the Q?

03-31-2008, 01:35 PM
mmmmmmmmmm big birds........who's bringin the Q?

I just got a new one some im down,

turkey vultures look tasty so do the owls, maybe an open spit and some nice homemade bbq sauce [36]

03-31-2008, 01:39 PM
mmmmmmmm hot and spicy vulture wings sounds good:D

Good on ya Sue looks like you are really enjoying what you are doing and that is what counts the most.

mista fitz
03-31-2008, 01:45 PM
Really cool - it's not often you get to see an owl that close. Sad lives for the birds that can't fly though... man.. that's one of the only reasons to be a bird!*

*shitting on cars from altitude is the other reason

03-31-2008, 01:49 PM
wow very cool pics

i like snoopy [36]

03-31-2008, 07:42 PM
wow very cool pics

i like snoopy [36]

It's hard not to like him... he's so cute. For those wondering if you can see the birds on regular days... yes you can. We conduct tours every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. It's free but donations are graciously accepted. You only see the front birds on this tour which includes most of the birds posted which bald and golden eagles, snowy owls, peregrine falcons, turkey vultures, barred and great horned owls, and goshawks.

If anyone wan'ts to know more, here's the website:


And yes I'll be there all day on April 26th and 27th for Open House so feel free to come down and say hi... I'll be somewhere!

03-31-2008, 11:13 PM
Snoopy is so cute!!! So little and what an adorable face!!! Very cool thing your'e doing... Good on ya! I wish I could but I work too damn much :mad: ... oh well.. Keep sending the pictures!! Great shots too by the way!![cheers]

Evan the Blue
04-01-2008, 04:59 PM
Wow Im so NVS, what a cool thing to be doing
I'll do my best to make that open house
Allways love your shots [5][5][5]
Keep em coming[cheers]

04-01-2008, 07:19 PM
Wow ! Excellent photo's...
One of the things I really miss about BC is not seeing any big birds of prey...
Kind of got spoiled seeing Bald eagles all the time out there...

Spring is finally starting to happen in Ontario, we've just had our first few warm days and the Turkey Vultures are starting to return to their nesting sites along the Niagara peninsula... pretty neat watching swarms of them just lazily circling over farm fields and stuff...

dirka dave
04-05-2008, 03:26 PM
Wow, awsome pictures and story... I had no idea thoes owls were so beautiful.
Good on ya !

04-05-2008, 03:49 PM
great pictures!! i might have to come check them out