Become a Volunteer
- Volunteer Responsibility
Volunteering at the SORCO Raptor Rehabilitation Centre can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. The care of the birds, rats and overall facilities, similar to a hospital, requires the highest level of attention to detail surrounding procedures and protocols necessary to ensure success in the rehabilitation process.
Compliance cannot be deviated from these prescribed rules and regulations. The risk of imprinting and cross contamination could result in very serious irreversible consequences, unnecessary pain and stress to the birds and rats. It could also place a volunteer and SORCO staff in danger of infection or injury.
In addition, IT WILL compromise the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources permit allowing SORCO to continue operations.
When considering volunteering for a position at SORCO, applicants should thoroughly consider the responsibility required of such a position. After doing so, a volunteer can look forward to participating in a most unique and rewarding contribution to the success of rehabilitating birds of prey and their eventual release to the wild.
- Volunteer Assignments
Depending on the number of birds in the clinic and the extent of the care required, allow 2-4 hours per shift. Your responsibilities include:
- Feeding all birds either by placing food in their cage or by hand feeding
- Administering medication as required
- Providing fresh water daily
- Cleaning cages daily
- Charting records in each bird’s file
- Cleaning clinic (i.e.: counters, floors, dishes, laundry, washroom)
Generally takes approximately 1 hour per shift:
- Providing fresh food and water daily
- Cleaning 2-3 cages daily
- Charting any new litters
Must have a reliable vehicle:
- When a call is received about an injured raptor a volunteer courier is sent to the location
- You may have to capture the bird safely and put it in a cage
- You will then transport the raptor directly to SORCO or to another volunteer
Depends on work load (4-6 hours per month):
- Assisting with general office work, computer data entry and filing
- Seeking Board of Director Members
SORCO Board Member Role
We are currently seeking new Board members who can offer approximately 8 hours a month to attend quarterly Board meetings and to potentially participate in standing committees for strategic planning, educational programs and event planning.
Make a real difference in preserving nature in our area.
Please email [email protected]
Attention Dave Whitton-Chair
- Download Volunteer Application
Volunteers are the foundation upon which SORCO has been built, and they are an integral part of our success.
There’s so much you can do through working with SORCO to help protect and save injured and orphaned raptors in our area. If you’d like to donate your skills and time, please complete the form below and email it to: Dale Belvedere (Manager) Email
Volunteering Makes a Difference
For the past 18 years, Trish Dobransky has lived in Okanagan Falls with her husband and two children. She has a busy and fulfilling life, operating a hairstylist salon in her home and helping her kids with their individual pursuits. She’s been a hockey mom for her son as long as she can remember, right through to the junior level. She has also coached her daughter in competitive gymnastics. But her commitment to sports has changed in recent years as her children have gotten older and their interests changed.
“I was looking to focus my free time on something else,” admitted Trish. “My daughter and I attended the SORCO Open House last May and were intrigued and impressed with the work they were doing. We considered the SPCA but decided that SORCO would receive a greater benefit from our time.”
Dale Belvedere, the SORCO Board member who coordinates the volunteer program, is happy she chose SORCO.
“Trish is a wonderful volunteer,” said Dale. “She takes her assignment seriously, she’s dependable and she helps out in a variety of situations.”
Trish grew up on a river front property in Winnipeg and fondly remembers the owls that used to hang out in the nearby trees.
“I have good memories of those owls but I didn’t really know much about raptors before I started at SORCO,” said Trish. “The more I learn, the more I love what I’m doing. I feel like I’m making a difference. Rehabilitating injured or orphaned birds and releasing them back to the wild appeals to my maternal instincts. It‘s also very challenging because I never know what I will be coming into each week when I do my shift. I hope to be a part of SORCO for many years to come and continue to work with these amazing creatures.”
What it means to Give back
Sara Gordon and Peter Henderson believe in giving back. They really take it to heart. Especially when it comes to the environment. It’s led them to volunteer for SORCO—the Okanagan Raptor Centre that rehabilitates injured and orphaned birds of prey, eventually releasing them back to the wild where they were found.
Peter currently works as a finishing carpenter in Kelowna, with dreams of opening his own environmentally friendly contracting company. Sara is a 4th year Bachelor of Science (Biology) student at UBCO. Upon completion of her degree, Sara intends to pursue a career in wildlife conservation.
“We were searching for ways to contribute, and instantly felt at home with SORCO,” said Sara. “It’s such an encouraging and supportive organization that we really feel like we’re part of the SORCO family.”
Sara and Peter have a caring attitude and realistic perspective of “where we are now” and “where we are going”. Or put another way, they “get it”. They know how important it is to show respect—for one another and for the earth we inhabit. Their attitude of personal and social responsibility to the world we live is reflective of the need to be good stewards.
“The Okanagan is a uniquely beautiful place to live,” said Sara. “Still, the increasing resource development and population growth will impact the environment in significant ways. SORCO stands for something and we’re proud to stand with them.”