The West Valley Outdoor Learning Center has a hawk and owl sanctuary. The hawk and owl sanctuary is home to permanently injured native birds of prey.
These birds could not survive on their own in the wild. The rest of their lives will be spent educating students and the public about their role in the environment. Students and the public will gain excitement and understanding of these amazing birds by seeing them up close.
The birds are cared for and trained by licensed rehabilitor and handler Jami Ostby Marsh. Dr. Ponti and Marlyn Olmor also provide crucial support for the hawk and owl sanctuary.
The building was provided by Ziggler Building Supplies and built by Inland Northwest Wildlife Council volunteers. With out these contributions this great education tool would not be possible.
The mission for the center is to put a purpose to a life of an animal that would otherwise be euthanized, through education. The birds will live a long happy life, and will be cared for in the best possible way. Our sanctuary has been expanded to include an outdoor eagle mew for our Bald Eagle, Aqui. The new mew was built by Ryan Van Tine and a few very helpful and dedicated volunteers. Aqui is happy to be in his new home and has become a great ambassador for the conservation of his species.
If you are interested in volunteering or having the birds visit your group please contact us here.
Squeakers is a saw-whet owl who came to us with a wing injury, which left her unable to fly. Although she is small she is mighty. She is one of our feistiest raptors here at the center. What ever you do don't call her a baby owl! She is full grown, and proud!
Tilt, is a western screech owl who joined our crew in 2004. Tilt has a head injury which has left his vision impared. He is named Tilt because of the way he tilts when he looks at his visitors in the classroom. Like his friend Squeakers, Tilt is also a full grown owl.
Grey is a Barred Owl who came to the center in 2005. Grey has a head injury which has left him with behaviors that are not typical of wild owls, so he is unable to survive on his own in the wild. Grey is a very popular education bird and loves "performing" for audiences of all ages
Aqui is a Bald Eagle who joined as a juvenile in 2004. Aqui had a wing injury and was unable to care for himself in the wild. He is getting ready for his big move into a new outdoor mew which will take place later this summer.
Willie the barn owl was donated to us from Washington State University. She came to their hospital with an injured eye. The doctors aren't sure what happened to her eye but unfortunately they had to remove it. Since owls need both eyes to hunt their prey Willie probably wouldn't be able to survive in the wild so she lives in the sanctuary and likes to visit school groups.
For more information about barn owls visit, http://www.owlpages.com/species/tyto/alba/Default.htm
Pantelones is a rough legged hawk and her name in Spanish means pants. She has this name because of the feathers on her legs down to her talons. You can see that her roommate Kiwi, a red tailed hawk, doesn't have feathers on her legs. Pantalones lives in more artic climates and visits our neighborhoods in the wintertime. Pants, as we call her, was donated to us by Omak Animal Hospital. Sadly she was shot in the wing and would never be able to fly again. She now is being trained to be an education bird.
For more information about rough legged hawks check out, http://www.arctic.uoguelph.ca/cpl/organisms/birds/Terrestrial/hawks/roughleghawk.htm
Albert is a female great horned owl that came to live with us in 2003. She was brought to Ponti Veterinary Hospital with a broken wing. Dr Ponti decided that Albert would never be able to fly again so he suggested that she become an education bird. She likes to eat mice, rats and rabbits.
To find out more about great horned owls please visit, http://www.owlpages.com/species/bubo/virginianus/Default.htm
Hanovi is a great horned owl that was also donated by Ponti Veterinary Hospital. He also has a permanently injured wing. Often times owls like to eat carrion or dead animals that have been hit by cars. Since owls are built for silent flight and not speed they often times are unable to get out of the way and get hit by a car. Hanovi loves to do presentations for school groups.
For more information about great horned owls check out, http://www.owlpages.com/species/bubo/virginianus/Default.htm
Kiwi is a red tailed hawk that came to live with us in 2004. She is from the Colville, Washington area. She was found with a damaged wing and the veterinarian wasn't sure what had happened to her. Kiwi is a very intelligent bird and she loves to eat quail. Kiwi is one of our favorite education birds because she loves to be on the glove and visit new places.
If you would like to learn more about Kiwi's species please visit, http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mpages/red-tailed_hawk.htm