Nel the osprey flies free

Wildlife News


 by  Will Johnson - Nelson Star

posted Sep 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM— updated Sep 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Nel flies free!

Bird care specialists from O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society accompanied Nel, the orphaned osprey who has been rehabilitating in Delta since July, to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park to release her back into the wild on Friday afternoon.

“I got to O.W.L. at about quarter to 7 this morning to pick up Nel. One of my co-workers went with me into the pool cage, where she was with her foster Mom. We made sure she flew, then she landed on the ground and I didn’t even need a net. I gathered her up no problem,” said bird care specialist Mindy Dyck.

“We took her and weighed her. She’s 1.710 kilos, which is perfect. A great weight. We made sure her band was correct, we put her in her kennel. She can’t see anything, so that keeps her calm.”

Dyck met the president of O.W.L., Karen Wheatley, at the airport. Pacific Coastal Airlines provided free tickets for Nel and her handlers.

“They took us out special and loaded us up. Made us feel like we were movie stars and off we went. It was a beautiful flight, calm.”

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