Meet Small Eyes!
Small Eyes was born and raised here at the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program in 2009. Shortly after Small Eyes fledged from her nest back, she was diagnosed with bilateral microphthalmia, a developmental disorder of the eye in which one or both eyes are abnormally small. Small Eyes has also developed extreme cataracts in both of her small eyes in part from her microphthalmia and as a result she is visually impaired.
For many breeding seasons, Small Eyes has often laid eggs, infertile and typically on the ground or in her water bowl. In addition, she was unable to bond with a male during her time as a breeder, so it was decided that she be taken out of the breeding population and trained to be an educational ambassador for her species and the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program. She is the only glove trained Northern Spotted Owl in Canada.
It has only been a few short months since our team has fully committed to training Small Eyes, but we will eventually integrate her into our community outreach and education events and programs in the near future. This is important as now our supporters will be able to learn all about Northern Spotted Owls from a real Northern Spotted Owl! We're excited about our future adventures with Small Eyes around the Lower Mainland!