What We Do

SORCO is 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

 

INTRODUCTION TO SORCO

SORCO Raptor Rehab Centre was registered as a not for profit society in 1988. It is licensed through the BC Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

SORCO is dedicated to rehabilitating injured and orphaned birds of prey for release back to the wild, and to educating the public to the important role raptors play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. The facility is located in Oliver, BC and receives over 150 injured and orphaned birds a year. It is the only facility serving the entire Okanagan Valley. It is considered one of the best Wildlife Rehab Centres of its kind in the country.

Open to Birds, Closed to the Public

In order to keep the environment for the wild animals in care as stress-free as possible, the facility is not open to the public. All of the birds at the facility are in treatment for eventual release back into the wild – none are kept permanently in a display setting. Wild animals are very different from domestic animals. Imprinting is a serious concern for wild animals destined for release, and great care is taken to ensure they do not become accustomed to humans. At the time of release, birds are transported to a site near where they were found and carefully released with the minimum of human presence.

Supporting Education and Awareness

Serving in this specialized field of animal welfare, volunteers and staff are highly trained and bring various animal care and biological educational backgrounds. SORCO hosts an Annual Open House, which is the one day a year when members of the public can visit the facility. This event features a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at a wildlife rehabilitation centre. A live educational raptor is on display. The SORCO Education Team also plays an important role in public outreach, educating the public about wild animals and urban wildlife issues. With expanding development and increasing human-wildlife interaction, many wild birds of prey are injured, orphaned, or displaced. The Education Team works with schools and clubs to bring these important lessons
to children, their parents, and members of the local community. SORCO operates an Education Centre where special visits can also be arranged.

The Power of Partnership

SORCO relies entirely on public donations, grants, foundations and support from companies. SORCO is a member of the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of BC, the International Wildlife
Rehabilitation Council, and the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. It also has partnerships with the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and
Nature Trust.

We are proud to work with like-minded organizations and associations who are dedicated to conservation of birds and their habitats.

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds.

Their hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.