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Beaker the Burrowing Owl goes to Ottawa

  • Published on Mar 07 2008 |
  • This article is tagged as: bc

Press Conference
Monday, March 10, 10am
National Arts Centre,
Le Salon

Multimedia presentation to follow

For details contact :

Jill Sturdy
613 276 7226

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Beaker\'s Bio
Map of the proposed park

Vancouver - Beaker the Burrowing Owl is winging his way to Ottawa to prove that one small bird can make a difference.  And he’s already causing trouble.

He was banned by security at Parliament Hill. And Air Canada refused to fly him in the cabin sections of their aircraft.  But this little bird, the size of a pop can, is stubborn.

Armed with over 19,000 signatures, Beaker will bring petitions in support of a national park in the endangered South Okanagan-Similkameen region of British Columbia. He represents many species at risk in this oddly-dry world at the bottom of soggy British Columbia.

Miffed with the Ottawa establishment, Beaker has decided to hold his press conference on Monday, March 10, in the Le Salon room at the National Arts Centre with the help of the South Okanagan Similkameen National Park Network (SOSNPN), the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of B.C. and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).

Beaker’s press conference starts at 10 a.m.  A multimedia talk presented by Beaker and Mike Mackintosh (head of BOCS) will follow.

Beaker might burp a pellet or poop on his handler, if he’s trying to avoid difficult questions from the media. He will cause an unholy racket if a female burrowing owl enters the room (not exactly a stud at the rehab facility). And he has been known to taunt a Beagle by slowly creeping towards her and then flying up in the air just as she pounces, so leave your pets at home (for their sakes).  

Learn other Beaker-isms from this precocious representative of one of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems.

p.s. Beaker is a ham in front of the camera. 

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Please contact:
Doreen Olson, SOSNPN, 250-490-6663 (cell)
Dr. Chris Purton, SOSNPN, 250-490-8682
Mike Macintosh, BOCS, 604-512-4796 (cell)
Jill Sturdy, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, 613-276-7226 (cell)