We have four birds on our education team this 2019/2020 winter!
Rickie is a Northern Saw-whet Owl, hatched in May 2017. Discovered in a nest box with 6 older siblings, she was the smallest and least likely to survive. BBO got permission and permits to rescue her from the nest box when she was just 4 days old, and ever since then, she has been hand raised and is now imprinted on humans and thinks she’s one of us. Rickie is pet-able and great for all ages, especially younger children.
Hawkeye is our Northern Hawk Owl. Found in the wild with a broken collar bone, s/he was taken to WildNorth rehabilitation centre where they successfully nurse them back to health. Due to this injury though, s/he is not releasable and because of its great temperament, s/he has now found a home with the BirdSmart program. With time and training, Hawkeye should be an excellent education owl.
Ray C is our Great Grey Owl, hatched April 2019. Researchers were observing a nest of Great Grey Owls that was over a month behind other nests, usually indicative of a pair breeding for the first time. They noticed that one of the two chicks was in very poor shape. Nutrient deficient and not developing properly, the decision was made to pull the chick from the nest to save its life. Now being raised in captivity by a local biologist, Ray C is now healthy, growing quickly and very soon will be in full adult plumage. Still in training, Ray C is a beautiful display bird for all to enjoy, though is not pet-able at this time.
Walker is our Peregrine Falcon. Hatched in captivity in June of 2019, Walker was sick as a chick and did not develop at a normal rate. Hand raised during this illness, she became very used to people and is now tame and should be a great education bird. 2019/2020 will be Walker’s first year in the BirdSmart education program.