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IN A NUTSHELL ABOUT US

The Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC is an environmental organization working to restore self sustaining populations of these tiny ground dwelling birds of prey to the southern interior grasslands of BC. Burrowing Owls are listed as a species at risk in Canada.

HISTORY OF THE BURROWING OWL CONSERVATION SOCIETY OF BC

1980s

Burrowing owls were declared extirpated from British Columbia during the 1980s

From 1983-1984, Ralph Ritcey, Dave Low, and Doug Jury of the Kamloops Wildlife staff released Burrowing Owls from an Ontario owl rehabilitation centre. Owls were released into artificial burrows, in locations from Douglas Lake ranch, to near Cache Creek.

Over the years 1986-1990, complete families of Burrowing Owls were relocated from from Central Washington State to BC release sites near Osoyoos and Vaseaux Lakes. The BC Environment Ministry transplanted a total of 457 birds. Despite large numbers of translocated birds into artifical burrows and successful breeding by released owls in the field, the migratory return rates were low. The program was discontinued in 1990.

Our group of volunteers originated in 1988. Back then our members worked as the Stanley Park Ecology Society on several environmental projects. This was the beginning of the activities of that eventually morphed into the Burrowing Owl Society.

1990

The Burrowing Owl Recovery Program began to take shape in BC in 1990 and a new strategy was planned. By 1992, our crew were actively involved in building nests and breeding facilities at Kamloops and Port Kells. The road to recovery had begun with early crew of volunteers Mike Mackintosh, Jim Wyse, Dave Lowe, Patti Beer, Steve Church, Elaine Humphries, Nadine Gomm, Mary Anne Unruh, Cliff LeMire and others who cared about conservation of this iconic grassland species.

2001

Founder Mike Mackintosh registered the Burrowing Owl Society of BC on January 1st 2001.
Two breeding facilities were operating at Port Kells and Kamloops. A third breeding facility was planned for Oliver. It officially opened in 2011 and it was built not only as another facility, but as a way of protecting the precious owl genetics in case of disease or other disaster at one of the other two sites.

2015

In 2015 the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery purchased the land that South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO) and the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC (BOCS BC) breeding facility are on.  SORCO and BOCS BC now co-own the land to protect future breeding populations.

MEET THE BOARD

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Mike Mackintosh

Chair of the Board

Mike initiated BOCS BC and has been an integral part of the society since its inception.

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Lauren Meads

Executive Director

Lauren represents field management of the burrowing owl program.

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Jim Wyse

Finance and Fund Raising Director

Jim owns Burrowing Owl Estate winery and has supported the burrowing owl program since its inception.

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Adrienne Clay

Captive Director

 

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Elaine Humphrey

Secretary and Education Director

 

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Aimee Mitchell

 Science director

 

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Jack Madryga

Director at Large

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Steve Church

Director at large

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John Gray

Director at Large

Dave Low

Director of Lac Du Bois

Cliff Lemire

Volunteer and Membership Director

OUR EDUCATION AMBASSADOR OWLS

Ambassador owl Pluto (born 2015)

Ambassador owl Pluto (born 2015)

Ambassador owl Beaker (2003-2014)

Ambassador owl Beaker (2003-2014)

About BOCS BC

We are a non-profit society concerned about the conservation of species and habitats in BC.

Articles

24 October 2017
02 February 2015
02 February 2015