For Immediate Release: July 24, 2012
North Vancouver, B,C. - The Peak of Vancouver has gone to the owls this summer. Visitors can now jump aboard the Skyride and have a close encounter with Remarkable Raptors including barn owls Tyto (“tie-toe”) and Sylvan as well as Great Horned Owls Toba and baby Mortimer.
Owls are often hard to spot as they are most active at dusk or dawn but the Peak of Vancouver is making these incredible creatures easy to experience through a multitude of new additions. A new short documentary “Tyto’s Triumph” will be shown hourly in the Theatre in the Sky that illustrates how Tyto came to make Grouse Mountain his home, the health challenge he faced and the important role he now plays as an educator.
Visitors can also step outside to experience the wilderness where owls live first-hand on guided eco-walks which will showcase points of interest related to birds of prey - such as Great Horned owls. In addition, daily Birds in Motion Demonstrations featuring Toba, The Great Horned Owl, Sylvan the Barn Owl and other amazing birds of prey will allow for an unrivaled up-close and personal experience. Expert falconers will share information and insights into these amazing creatures three times daily at 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Don't miss our new mascot version of Tyto who will be meeting and greeting kids all over the mountain posing for photos and offering fun feathery interaction.
“Grouse Mountain has a long history working with all manner of birds from the Northern Spotted Owl, hummingbirds and a wide variety of birds of prey", says Dr. Ken Macquisten, Director and Veterinarian for the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. “These Remarkable Raptors will not only enhance visitors’ experience, but also offer more educational opportunities for the public to learn about the need to protect and preserve the habitat of these magnificent creatures”.
Grouse Mountain is also helping to educate the public and increase the awareness of the plight of the North Spotted Owl. Fewer than 25 reportedly live in the wild in British Columbia, with over half of these currently in a breeding program. Grouse Mountain has helped to care for, raise and house young Spotted Owls in conjunction with the Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Center over the past number of years with some successful results. To find out more and how you can help the Northern Spotted Owl please head to: https://www.grousemountain.com/owls
For more information on the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife or to arrange a owl media experience please contact:
Public Relations Manager
Grouse Mountain Resort