Prior to pandemic in 2020, South Bay Wildlife Rehab (SBWR) gave many educational presentations to schools, community groups and private gatherings.
Sometimes our owls help teachers present books like Owl Babies.
At other times our birds helped with language development for children who were not fluent in English.
High-schoolers and adults enjoy our humorous and informative slide presentations.
In the future we hope to resume attending the community events throughout the South Bay.
To each of these events we bring some of our non-releasable birds of prey, including Red-tailed Hawks, Great Horned Owls, Kestrels, a Burrowing Owl and a Western Screech Owl.
Each of these birds has been carefully trained by qualified volunteers and is comfortable being with the public. These birds are covered by state and federal education permits and bring joy and awe to over 30,000 people.
SBWR receives many calls for help each day (often more than 50 per day during “orphan season” in spring and summer) and we answer over 14,000 calls per year.
Each child or adult who calls our wildlife line learns from us about the animal he or she has found, and this fosters a caring attitude toward our wild environment. This good will toward wildlife is passed on to the families and friends of the caller.