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The Owl Whisperer

Posted by on August 5, 2016

Volunteering is good for the community and you.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  ~Anne Frank

Elijah and barn owl

For the past month and a half I have been volunteering weekly at the Northwest Raptor Center in Sequim. In these weeks I have rocked owls to sleep, fed eagles, have had both crows and owls bump in to me while flying and had to duck at the last second to avoid contact with a hawk speeding by. These have been some of the most exciting and adventurous moments of my summer. This is my experience with wild bird rescue and rehabilitation.

Elijah with Lady B.
Each Wednesday, I come in and start with the water dishes. I enter each enclosure to dump the water, clean the dishes, and then refill them. With every enclosure this can take up to 30 minutes. After that I proceed with feeding. There is a chart labeling the amount of food each bird gets on the fridge making it easy to follow and not over or under feed them. Birds eat more food than one might expect. For example, a little screech owl can get 6 full size mice every 2 days.

Elijah and Mish with owls
We have a shed in the back called the “rat house” in which we raise our own mice and rats for feeding. Once the rodents are fully grown and finished breeding, we kill them, bag them, and finally freeze them for future use.   This process saves both money and time (instead of having to go out and buy them).

After this, my mom and I go to the office, which contains birds that are each too injured or too small to be put in outdoor enclosures. This is where I use a towel to take them out of their crates and cradle them while my mother cleans and adds a filled water dish to each crate. When she is done, I place them back and feed them. After I do this I do any other small jobs here and there and then I am done for the day!

Barred Owls lined up


What a great way for a child to spend his summer! Thank you.


The Northwest Raptor Center

1051 W. Oak Court

Sequim, WA


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