Aaron Deans

Aaron Deans

Sanctuary sends owls back home

Crowd gathers at Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary as four juvenile great horned owls were released after being found orphaned in Vernon

There was a great reunion Tuesday.

On Tuesday, a crowd of well-wishers gathered at the Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary in Coldstream as four juvenile great horned owls were released after being found orphaned in Vernon earlier this year.

“It’s remarkable how resilient nature is,” said Aaron Deans, Allan Brooks Nature Centre executive director.

“And amazing how nature adapts beyond its fragility in order to survive.”

The owls — Champagne, Lindsay, Panorama and Chatters — were discovered alone in a nest by residents in the spring. The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls was then contacted and they were taken to the Oliver facility.

They were too young to eat and SORCO staff cared for the birds, facilitating the successful development of these birds.

“Organizations like SORCO exist to give some species a hand,” said Deans.

The Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary offers open forest habitat for prey and secure cover for the owls as well as access to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

“Typically, the very adaptable great horned owls disperse as juveniles in search of company and a territory to take up permanent residence,” said Deans.