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Code of Conduct and Safety

If you decide to visit the Owls yourself, there are some general things to be aware of, for both your safety and that of the owls (and other park residents).

Code of Conduct

Here are some suggested rules for watching wildlife, and particularly owls, in the park. These animals are far more tolerant of humans than they would be away from the city. That is to our benefit, but we should still be aware of their needs at all times.

For further guidelines you may want to check with local societies or on the web (see references page for some ideas).  Consider yourself fortunate that we can observe these wild creatures at home without the need for special permits. Only by behaving ethically will we be able to retain such privileges. The balance between regulation and freedom of access is, by necessity, very different elsewhere in the world. When we, as a species, abuse our freedom by threatening the survival of other species then regulations become essential.

Safety (Human)

Stanley Park is a generally safe park in a generally safe city. That said, you should be aware that assaults do occur in the park and you are more at risk as the light fails or when on your own.

Some areas are more "at risk" than others - this includes large parts of the territory of the Southern breeding pair (of owls).

Common sense would suggest taking someone familiar with the park as a guide. Time of day makes a great difference - if you find an owl towards dusk, just make sure you know your way out of the park.

There have been claims of owls attacking people. Mostly this is a case of mistaken identity - a pony tail at dusk may look like small food, say. Barred Owls are not likely to attack, Great Horned Owls have a greater tendency to do so, especially if you disturb their young. Once again, "be aware, be cautious", and you should have a great time in our wonderful park!