• Rescue

    O.W.L. specializes in birds of prey called raptors (eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, ospreys) as well as turkey vultures. O.W.L. receives more than 400 birds into care each year.

    The number of patients in 2012 and 2013 were 490 and 438 respectively.

  • Rescue

    If you encounter an injured or orphaned bird of prey, call O.W.L. immediately.

    It is unsafe to handle these birds without the proper safety equipment and training. O.W.L is on call seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

  • Rehabilitation

    O.W.L. is home to permanent residents that help foster orphaned or displaced birds of prey.

    Here is Cessna being a wonderfully protective foster mother to two baby barn owls.

  • Rehabilitation

    Primary care is administered by qualified and experienced bird care supervisors. These treatments range from injections, tube feeding and initial treatment of broken bones. Veterinary care, i.e. surgery and consultation, is typically done by local veterinarians at Richmond Animal Hospital, Tsawwassen Animal Hospital, Ambleside Animal Hospital and Huff Animal Hospital.

    This is a Great horned owl recovering in care after being caught in barbed wire.

  • Release

    The most rewarding moments of our job are when a bird of prey is released back into the wild. This bald eagle came in as a fledgling that fell out of her nest due to the fish hooks in her back, wing and mouth.

    After an excellent recovery, she was released where she was found in Belcarra.

  • Release

    O.W.L.’s semi-annual Open House is the only time that 70% of the facility is opened up for people to get a firsthand look at our medical facility and various rehabilitation cages.

    The events include informative displays and children’s activities, a raffle and a public release of one of our recovered birds!

  • Education

    O.W.L. offers offsite education programs on Mondays through Fridays and onsite education programs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This program consists of a talk about O.W.L. the organization, the raptors we take care of, and the importance of birds of prey in the environment.

    Please call O.W.L. between 9:00am and 3:00pm Mondays to Fridays to book.

    Education Programs
  • Offsite Display

    O.W.L. staff and volunteers, with the help of our education birds, participate in offsite displays at events all over the lower mainland to promote O.W.L.’s mission.

    Not only can the public see birds of prey closer than they would in the wild, it gives us a chance to teach about different types of hazards humans impose on wildlife.

    Take an Online Tour
  • Public Guided Tours

    In the fall, winter and spring months, public guided tours are available every Saturday and Sunday between 10:00am and 3:00pm. In July and August, public guided tours are available daily between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Please note that O.W.L.’s facility is not open for tours on holidays.

    If you can’t make it to our facility, feel free to take a virtual online tour by clinking the link below.

  • Volunteer

    O.W.L is always looking for volunteers who are passionate about wildlife. If you have a valid driver’s license, you can even help transport birds for rescues and releases.

    Norman Snihur is a helicopter pilot who flies all around B.C to rescue wildlife in need and to take them back to their original discovery location for release.

    Volunteer Program
  • Volunteer

    O.W.L.’s volunteers come from all over the lower mainland and sometimes overseas!

    There are many jobs at O.W.L. from cleaning cages, feeding birds, gardening and landscaping to representing O.W.L. at offsite displays.

Upcoming Events

Raptor Rendez-vous Final

Email owlrehab@dccnet.com for more details and sponsorship opportunities.

Bald Eagle Release

In case you missed our Spring Open House, here is a release video of a Bald Eagle on Sunday April 28th taken by our volunteer Erynn Tomlinson.
Thank you for all your support!

More videos…

Tour O.W.L.

September – June: every Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 3pm on the half hour
July – August: daily from 10am to 3pm on the half hour (closed on holidays)
Please note you will not see the care center or the injured birds in care, only the permanent birds. The tour is outdoors so please dress for the weather. Don’t forget to check out the gift area during your visit! Directions?

Volunteer for the Birds

If you have a genuine interest in helping wildlife and the environment, we need your help! Experience is not necessary because everyone starts from scratch. Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age and have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination within the last five years.
Visit the Volunteer Program page to learn about the various responsibilities; we are always accepting volunteer applications. Contact the O.W.L. office at 604.946.3171 between 9:00am and 4:00pm to schedule an interview.


O.W.L. Programs

OWL continues to expand the programs and the facility through public donations and the support of companies who provide sponsorships, materials and supplies. Learn about our Programs


Wish List

A busy organization like O.W.L. is always in need of supplies. If you have access to, want to donate or need to get rid of any of the supplies listed, we’ll gladly take them off your hands. Check out our Wish List


Ways You Can Help

Your donations allow us to continue to rehabilitate and release the orphaned or injured birds of prey that arrive at our centre in need of care. Learn about the many ways You Can Help.

Shop & Support

O.W.L. now has an affiliation with Harlequin Nature Graphics. 20% of the purchase go to O.W.L. if you go through our website. Help birds of prey and get a beautiful souvenir. Click on the t-shirt icon to start shopping! Thank you for supporting O.W.L.!
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3800 - 72nd Street
Delta, BC Canada
V4K 3N2


T: 604.946.3171
Fax: 604.946.3172
E: owlrehab@dccnet.com