SORCO Vandalized

Media Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 (Oliver, BC) Sometime during the night of June 6th or the early morning of June 7th, someone broke into the SORCO property forcing open the front gate. “There was no evidence that the person(s) entered the main buildings,” said SORCO manager Dale Belvedere. “However, the individual(s) did get into the food centre where we raise rats as live food for the raptors. We know that, because two days later most of the rats were dead.” The police confirmed the break-in and are following up on the investigation. A pathology test ...

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Thank you for attending the 27th annual Open House on May 3rd, 2015. We hope you enjoyed the festivities, meeting the SORCO supporters and viewing the displays and various rescued raptors. A big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped plan the event and donate their time and talent. We certainly couldn't do it without your generous support. And, it shows. We received many wonderful comments about the SORCO facilities, programs and services. What a difference you make! - Dave Whitton, Board Chair

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Plan to Attend

It happens just once a year. Hundreds of friends and supporters of SORCO (Raptor Rehab Centre) will gather at the annual Open House. It is the only time that the general public can visit the SORCO facility, which is located nine km north of Oliver, BC at 8965 Highway 97. Sunday, May 3rd (10:00 am – 3:00 pm).  Be sure to mark this date on your calendar. Bring along your family and tell your neighbours as there are always interesting things to see and do and fascinating people to meet. Our volunteers, partners, and donors contribute in so many other wonderful ways. ...

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SORCO Board Hires New Manager

The pending manager position vacancy was the key topic of discussion at a recent meeting of the SORCO Board of Directors.  About two months ago, executive manager Lauren Meads informed the Board of her intention to leave the position after volunteering and working for SORCO for the past four years. Lauren will continue working with the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC. “Lauren has done so much to make our raptor rehab centre a first class operation,” said Board chair Dave Whitton. “We are indebted to her for what she has done to advance our cause. The ...

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Interested in joining the SORCO Board?

We are a registered non-profit society dedicated to rehabilitating injured birds of prey for release back into the wild, and to educating the public on the important role raptors play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. We operate entirely from grants and donations from organizations, foundations and the general public. Our service area includes the Okanagan Valley (from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos). Our rehabilitation clinic and flight pens are located on a five acre parcel of land, located just south of Vaseux Lake (near Oliver). While we are not open to the public, we have ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Join Us – Show Your Support

Become a Member It's FREE to become a member of SORCO, and the more members we have, the more ways we have to “get the word out”. A large and active membership base helps increase public awareness of the Raptor Centre and its efforts to rescue, rehab and release raptors. It also helps us in reaching out to those who want to support the cause of helping injured and orphaned raptors. Learn how you can become a Member. Volunteer 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 ...

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Raptor Education Resource

Because it's not possible to reach out and visit every school or youth group in the region, we are planning to develop education raptor resource books for primary & intermediate students. This initiative will be subject to receiving funds through grants or donations. If you or your company are interested in helping out please contact our Manager.  Email  

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