Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.)
Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.) is a non-profit organization whose staff and volunteers are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned raptors and to educating the public on their conservation and importance. VARC banders routinely visit O.W.L.’s rehab facility in Ladner, Delta, B.C. to band all of their rehabilitated birds before the birds are sent out for release across the province. Each bird receives a federal band with a unique number which allows the identification of the bird if it is ever sighted or recovered in the future. Many of the raptors treated by O.W.L. are large birds and so the bands they receive are large enough to be read at a distance through binoculars or with a digital camera. Other birds may receive another injury and be taken in to rehab again or be found dead. In any of these cases, the identity of the bird can be discovered by reporting the band number and this can provide valuable information to O.W.L. about the life history of rehabilitated birds.