The O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is a nonprofit organization whose staff and volunteers are dedicated to education through conservation and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned birds of prey. O.W.L. became a Society in January 1985 (Registration No. S-19879). O.W.L. is licensed through Fish and Wildlife, now known as the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
O.W.L. is on call seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Public tours are available every Saturday and Sunday from September to June and daily in July and August between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
The O.W.L. facility specializes in raptors (i.e. eagles, falcons, hawks and owls). Bird of prey patients at O.W.L. now number over six hundred, and are sent mainly from areas in British Columbia, as well as other provinces and the US. Primary and rehabilitative care for injured and orphaned birds is administered by staff. Surgeries are contributed by local clinics such as Huff Animal Hospital, Tsawwassen Animal Hospital, Richmond Animal Hospital and Dewdney Animal Hospital while other veterinary practices in the Lower Mainland aid in specialized procedures.
O.W.L. continues to expand the programs and the facility through donations and fundraisers. Some non-releasable birds of prey are permanent residents, some assist with fostering orphans and some assist with educating public. O.W.L. offers onsite and offsite educational programs. Students visit the facility to learn about the importance of birds of prey and view our permanent residents. Education staff visit schools and special interest groups each week to address science learning outcomes and speak on various topics.