Eagle Valley Raptor Center Inc.
April 2, 2010
My introduction to Eagle Valley Raptor Center, Inc. was in the Spring of 2007. A pair of Great Horned Owls had a nest in a tree in our neighborhood, which we didn't realize. Upon returning home one evening after work, my husband told me to look out in the back yard. I saw something white and fuzzy in the distance. I asked him what it was. He said a baby owl. He said one of our neighbors had a Eagle Valley business card, which my husband used to contact them. My husband left a message on the answering machine. Ken Lockwood, Director of Eagle Valley, returned my husband's call after I got home. I spoke with Ken and told him there was a baby owl in our back yard. He told me it was imperative that we get it out of the yard right away. He told me to put on a ball cap and leather gloves and try to get control of the owl by getting ahold of his feet. He told me to watch out for his talons. He also told me that the owl would make a clacking sound at me, but it was just his warning to me. I was uneasy about reaching under the owl to get his legs, so I asked Ken if I could put a towel over him to gain control of him. Ken said yes, but be careful of his wings when you do that. He told me to put a towel in the bottom of a box and put the owl in the box and cover it with another towel to keep the owl calm. He asked if I could bring the owl to him as he was in the middle of taking care of an injured bald eagle. I told him that I would bring the owl to him. When I reached Eagle Valley, Ken looked at the owl and told me it was a great horned owl.
I asked Ken why he had me put on a ball cap. He told me that it was to protect my scalp in the event the adult owls didn't like me messing with their baby and go after me.
I asked Ken how he thought the baby got out of the nest. He said the wind could have blown it out or sometimes the adults will tear up the next in order to get the young owls to fly. This owl still had down on it, so it wasn't ready to fly yet.
By the time I reached Eagle Valley, it was getting dark outside, but Ken took a flashlight and showed me around the facility and invited me back in the daylight to see their operation. Ken kept the baby owl, which I named Hooty and eventually ended up taking it to be fostered by an adult Great Horned Owl in another city.
Since my introduction to Eagle Valley, I have returned numerous times taking family and friends to see this wonderful operation. I never get tired of taking a tour or hearing Ken talk about the birds.
Being an animal lover myself, I appreciate Ken's care and concern for his raptors. He does a wonderful job of rehabilitating injured raptors (and other animals) and releasing back into the wild. If they are unreleasable after rehabilitation, he uses them in his educational programs he presents to the public. If he is unable to use them in his programing, he finds another facility that can take them.
My hat is off to Ken and his volunteers for a job well done!
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
seeing how Ken and Eagle Valley use the raptors in their education programs to educate the public about the importance of raptors in our eco system.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
General Member of the Public & With the help of Eagle Valley, I rescued a baby great horned owl.