Meet Small Eyes!
Small Eyes was born at the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program (NSOBP) in 2009, the second owl to hatch at the program. Shortly after Small Eyes fledged
from her nest, she was diagnosed with bilateral microphthalmia, a developmental disorder of the eye in which both eyes are abnormally small. This condition, in
addition to cataracts in both eyes, has left Small Eyes visually impaired.
Unfortunately, Small Eyes was unable to bond with a male or properly nest due to her condition. After some unsuccessful breeding seasons she was taken out of the
breeding population and in 2019, trained to be an educational ambassador for her species. Despite her visual impairment Small Eyes has thrived as an educational ambassador and become an integral part of the NSOBP's outreach programming.
Small Eyes is the only glove trained Northern Spotted Owl in Canada.
Follow our social media pages to find out where Small Eyes will be next! She even has her own Instagram account @smalleyestheowl