Over 1100 visitors came through the doors of the Nature House last Sunday. Why? Because there were real live owls inside and how often do you get to see a real live nocturnal mystery?
Owls fascinate people. Glowing eyes, hauntingly silent flight and the seemingly magical ability to grab a tiny mouse in the deep dark woods confound earth bound humans who merely stumble blindly around in the dark.
How do owls do it? With finely honed adaptations that include exceptionally large eyes that capture the least bit of light (the better to see you with), remarkably keen hearing and asymmetrical ears that allow them to triangulate the exact location of a noise made by prey (the better to hear you with), feathers that feature a ruffled edge to eliminate the whistling noise of wings in flight (the better to sneak up on you with), large talons to grab and hold their reluctant prey and a sharp beak to quickly finish the job (the better to eat you with).
The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society brought the owls to the Nature House as part of their efforts to inform and educate about owls. OWL looks after injured and orphaned birds of prey (hawks, eagles and owls) with the goal of rehabilitation and release. But rehabilitation requires habitat and habitat requires support from people – hence the educational component of OWLS work. The birds that appeared at the show are a select group of owls that, for one reason or another, cannot be released back into the wild. They are accustomed to appearing at programs and events throughout the lower mainland and are ambassadors from the owl kingdom to the human world.
We look forward to another visit from OWL in the fall. In the meantime you can look forward to other programs and events. The next show featuring unusual (for us) live animals in an Exotic Reptile Show on Saturday/Sunday, March 26 and 27, 11am-4 pm. Please remember that your donations make these events possible.
Posted by: Kris Bauder
Nature Park Coordinator