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Education Program
Education Program


Nothing is more effective than a wild animal to engage and inspire an audience! The West Sound Wildlife Shelter has several wildlife ambassadors that help us provide fascinating educational programs to inform the community about wildlife and wildlife issues.

The purpose of these programs is to create a direct connection with wildlife that will help educate the public about protecting wild animals and their habitats, and how to coexist peacefully with the local wildlife. Our adult-oriented programs also provide information and advice about humanely resolving conflicts with nuisance wildlife.


Educational Presentations
The West Sound Wildlife Shelter provides live animal presentations to civic groups, schools, parks, community centers, and other groups for a nominal fee.

We offer a variety of educational programs that can be done at any public location (private residences not permitted), and can be customized to meet specific needs such as age, interests, and educational curriculum.

We provide live bird presentations to civic groups, schools, parks, community centers, and nonprofit organizations for a nominal fee, depending on the type of program you choose.

We offer a variety of educational presentations, all of which are done at a location of your choosing (private residences excluded). Each presentation can be tailored to meet your group's specific educational needs.


Our Educational Ambassadors in action!

While the shelter's main focus is the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wildlife, we also have significant interest in community education, whether at the level of an Audubon meeting, a civic club gathering, or one of our fondest forms of outreach, young people. It's a special privilege to bring our education ambassadors to the public, so guests can see the ambassadors more closely, for better insight and appreciation.

The goal of our program is to engage and inspire our community, as well as communicate facts and information about the Shelter and individual ambassadors. Research shows that environmental education can improve up to 70% when people are able to personally appreciate live wildlife.

In addition, it's possible to help with the care and training of our wildlife ambassadors by 'adopting' them. To adopt an ambassador, please click here.

Check our event calendars regularly and follow us on Facebook to see where we'll turn up next and come out to meet the ambassadors!

Schedule a Presentation
To schedule a wildlife presentation, contact us at 206-855-9057 x204, or send an email to education@westsoundwildlife.org to inquire.


Meet Our Educational Ambassadors!

Athena Athena, Barred Owl
Injury: Fractured coricoid, some nerve damage
Cause of injury: Collision with vehicle
Arrived: in 2007 from Port Orchard, Washington
Age: Hatched in 2006
Sex: Female
   
yukon Remi (aka "Princess"), Turkey Vulture
Injury: Fractured left humerus, ulna, and radius
Cause of injury: Unknown
Arrived: in 2012 from Mission Lake near Shelton, WA
Age: Hatched in 2011
Sex: Female
   
cedar Cedar, Red-tail Hawk
Injury: Blind in one eye, but fully flighted
Cause of injury: Collision with vehicle
Arrived: in 2012 from Kent, WA
Age: Hatched in 2011
Sex: Female
   
Pele Pele, American Kestrel
Injury: Fractures of the clavicle, radius and humerus of the right wing
Cause of injury: Unknown
Arrived: in 2013 from a retired educational center in NE Washington State
Age: Estimated hatch year 2005-2006
Sex: Female
   
Ranger Ranger, Peregrine Falcon
Injury: Fractured left humerus, ulna, and radius
Cause of injury: Unknown
Arrived: in 2014 from Enumclaw, WA
Age: Hatched in 2011
Sex: Male
   
Sunny Sunny, Great-horned Owl
Injury: Previous wing injuries that fully healed, but still has congenital issues with misaligned beak that without regular maintenance would leave her unable to hunt.

Arrived: 2015 as a transfer from Alaska
Age: Estimated hatch year 1998
Sex: Female
   
Oakley Oakley, Barred Owl
Injury: Multiple injuries to her wing
Cause of injury: Unknown, suspect collision
Arrived: 2015 as a transfer from Florida
Age: Estimated hatch year - 2012/2013
Sex: Female
 

 
In Memorium  

The education program has been fortunate to have several amazing ambassadors over the past few years. Most of the time their age is unknown to us when they arrive. In some cases our older ambassadors passed without warning. In other cases, some of our younger ambassadors had injuries that we just could not help with anymore and we had to bid them a fond farewell. Regardless, each and every one of them holds a special place in the hearts of the staff, handlers and stewards.

Luna

Luna, Virginia Opossum
Injury: Blinded in one eye, parital tail amputation
Cause of injury: Mauled by domestic pet
Arrived: in 2013
Age: Born in 2013
Sex: Female
Returned to Nature: June 2, 2016

   
Linnea Linnea, Virginia Opossum
Medical issue: Unable to regulate her body temperature
Cause of issue: Congenital
Arrived: Shortly after birth
Age: Born in April 2015
Sex: Female
Returned to Nature: April 26, 2016
   
agate Agate, Red-tail Hawk
Injury: Injured wing, blind in one eye
Cause of injury: Collision with vehicle
Arrived: Early 2014 from Virginia
Age: Hatched in 2011
Sex: Female
Returned to the skies: November 4, 2015
   
Artemis, Northern Saw-whet Owl
Injury: Dislocated shoulder
Cause of injury: Unknown
Arrived: January 2013 as a transfer from Kent, WA
Age: Unknown
Sex: Female
Returned to the skies: May 29, 2014
   
yukon Yukon, Red-tailed Hawk
Injury: Fractured wing
Cause of injury: Collision with vehicle
Arrived: in 2009 from Highway 16
Age: Hatched around 2008
Sex: Male
Returned to the skies: December 18, 2013
   
Jill, Northern Screech Owl
Injury: Ruptured eye, damage to other, sight questionable
Cause of injury: Collision with automobile
Arrived: August 2013
Age: Unknown
Sex: Female
Returned to the skies: October 16, 2013
   
Lorcan, Northern Pygmy Owl
Injury: Healing fracture of wing
Cause of injury: Unknown
Arrived: July 2011
Age: Unknown
Sex: Female
Returned to the skies: October 21, 2012
   



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