South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls
Our Impact Why We Exist
Our mission is to support conservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation and a focused promotional and education program which generates public interest and support for the preservation of this vital part of our natural inheritance.
Our Story What We Do
The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre of Owls (SORCO) began in 1987 in Oliver, BC and become a registered non-profit organization in 1988. For 27 years SORCO has dedicated time and energy to rehabilitating local birds of prey and educating the community on environmental concerns. In 2013 we completed a brand new rehabilitation clinic on the SORCO site to better serve the increasing need for bird of prey rehabilitation. In the last two years the intake of birds to SORCO has risen to over 40% more patients each year, In 2013 we recieved 121 birds to date for 2014 we have recieved 119 birds. The need is ever increasing for our centre to be able to serve the public in education and rehabilitation.
Our Programs How We Do It
Our primary activities are the rehabilitation of birds of prey and education. We accomplish this by taking in injured and sick birds of prey from a large geographical range. We coordinate with volunteers and the public to transport birds of prey to our centre so they can be rehabilitated and released. We are the only rehabilitation centre for birds of prey that serves the Similkameen, South Okanagan, Central Okanagan and a portion of the North Okanagan. We conduct school presentations to daycare centres, public and private schools and community groups (senior homes, naturalist groups, Scouts Canada etc.) and participate in community events in the areas that we service. In these presentations we showcase local bird of prey biology, habitat and conservation issues.
What You Can Do
As a Non Profit Society we depend on your help. Your contribution helps us save and protect Okanagan raptors, injured by vehicles, fences, power lines or sicked by fertilizers and pesticides and release them back to the wild. In addition your contribution also supports our education programs. Please help us do the important work. Please visit www.sorco.org to view ways you can help.
Should you find a sick or injured bird of prey please go to our wbsite www.sorco.org for instructions on what to do.