The largest of all owl species, the Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) an adult at the Centre.
A Eurasian Eagle Owlet (Bubo bubo) One of the Centre's offspring at feeding time. Certainly a noteworthy success story for conservation.
Over the years, we at the Centre, have always been very humble. As such, we have never wanted to flaunt our successes. However, we have realized the value of making our successes known, so that the accomplishments that the Centre has achieved over the years could speak for themselves.
With this in mind, We'd like to mention here that on the 18th of January of 2008 we received a letter from Mr R. Harrison Edell from the San Francisco Zoo who is in charge of the Species Survival Plan for the Eurasian Eagle Owl and the Milky Eagle Owl. Below are his words quoted in their entirety.
"Good morning, Lelia - Please find the 2008 North American studbook for Eurasian eagle owls attached; your facility is listed as "Ketola." There are two sections to the studbook; one is the list of living birds (of which there are currently 68), while the other is the historical population (including every eagle owl ever held in a North American zoological facility). Birds that originated at the Conservation Centre are listed as having been hatched at Ketola, then transferred to their respective institutions. As of now, of the 68 living owls, 22 are from your lineage; that makes you the godmother of North America's eagle owls!"
Then Mr R. Harrison Edell went on to write,
"In my opinion, seclusion and minimal disturbance are crucial to the success of nesting raptors. Mrs. Ketola’s work with such native Canadian species as Ferruginous and Swainson’s hawks, as well as numerous owl species, is noteworthy. Her expertise has been invaluable to me in my efforts to create the American Zoo Association’s first regional studbook for the Eurasian eagle owl, recording the lineages of every individual of this species housed in accredited American zoological parks. Lelia’s breeding facility has been extremely successful; a majority of the eagle owls currently housed in American zoos are descended from her pairs."
'I also recognize and applaud the unique success of Mrs. Ketola’s work, and hope that she will be given every opportunity to continue in her efforts."
R. Harrison Edell
Curator of Birds
Population Manager, Eurasian Eagle Owl Population Manager, Milky Eagle Owl San Francisco Zoo
The importance of this letter is obvious. It plainly shows one example of the hard and around the clock work, over many years that the dedicated staff at the Centre have gone to, in order to ensure a permanent and stable captive population of the Eurasian Eagle Owl within North American zoological facilities.
With the Eurasion Eagle Owl, The Centre for the Conservation of Specalized Species has attained its ultimate goal.
For this species, this success represents real concrete and permanent security for the Eurasian Eagle Owl. It is important to point out that this success was accomplished without pressure upon dwindling wild populations. This process was patiently seen through to fruition, initially at the Centre and then in North American zoological facilities.
Therefore, even if the Eurasian Eagle Owl were to tragically completely disappear from the wild, (which is possible) the Eurasian Eagle Owl can now never become truly extinct!
Thanks to our efforts at the Centre, there is also now a stable captive population to be drawn upon as a basis to reintroduce this species successfully back to the wild should this ever be required in the future.
There are many other raptorial bird species that the Centre has been propagating in captivity over the years and also suppling to zoological facilities ranging from the United States to as far away as South Korea and even Japan. Amongst these species are Snowy Owls.
Therefore, in the future we will also document their success as they are in turn reflected in the literature released by the Species Survival Plans maintained throughout the worlds zoological facilities.
If you have found an injured bird of prey (hawk, falcon, owl, etc.), contact the Centre and our experienced staff can assist in determining what steps should be taken to ensure the bird receives the best possible care.
Havelock, Ontario K0L 1Z0
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