|Frequently Asked Questions||
How do I contact you if I have an injured or baby owl?
that if you find an injured or orphaned owl, you contact your local Humane
Society or rehabilitator. In both cases, these birds must receive immediate
and appropriate care. Read our Rescue
Information for tips on what to do if you have found an injured or
orphaned owl. To find a rehabilitator in Canada go here
and scroll down to the Canada listings. To find one in the United States
Yes and no.
Tours are designed to make as little impact on the birds we house as possible.
We set aside only two weekends every year for this event as a result.
We cannot provide tours of the facility at other times during the fall.
print and fill out the sponsorship
form and in addition to your information, enter your friend's name,
address and phone number in the spaces provided. We will send them their
unique Photo Certificate and you your tax deductible receipt. Alternatively,
you can print the sponsorship form and let them choose personally before
sending us your information (we can also send the sponsorship 'card' form
directly to you or your friend. This is a more attractive format when
giving the sponsor form itself as the gift - just email
us with the address you wish the form sent to).
Owls are expensive to house
and keep. Food (mice, rats and quail), cage repair and maintenance and
shipping expenses are all routine, costly expenditures.
at The Owl Foundation are released in the area from which their parents
came. This ensures that the genes we are placing into the wild are not
being unnaturally shifted (i.e. we would release progeny of two Newfoundland
birds back in Newfoundland, not in northern Ontario). Those injured or
orphaned birds that we receive as juveniles or adults from the wild are
returned to the areas they were first found in (unless these areas are
dangerous). We release owls only in areas deemed acceptable by our experienced
and knowledgeable resident zoologists. It is also important to consider
which species are migratory and which are not, how large of a territory
an individual owl needs and whether a particular owl has formed a relationship
with another during its stay at TOF before deciding on a release location.
bird is banded with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife band.
do breed for release many of the native Canadian owl species at the Foundation,
we also receive injured and orphaned owls through Humane Societies and
rehabilitators. We try to find places in our breeding and foster parent
programs for non-releasable individuals. In special circumstances, permanently
damaged owls are transferred to us from other facilities to be incorporated
into our breeding program.
the owls at TOF are fed laboratory-bred mice. Many of our larger species
also eat rats and quail. Smaller owl species that would naturally supplement
their diets with insects are free to do so in their outdoor enclosures.
is illegal to buy, sell or trade owls in Canada. In fact, without the
proper permits, it is illegal to be in possession of any of our birds
of prey (alive or dead). This includes feathers. Keeping owls requires
not only permits, but a sound knowledge of owl requirements, species and
Strigiforme life history.
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