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The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre (SBOIC) was created to help promote the conservation of the endangered Burrowing Owl and their prairie habitat through education, stewardship and eco-tourism. The Centre opened its gates to the public for the first time in the spring of 1997.
The building site, located on the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds, was chosen because several pairs of burrowing owls typically nested in the infield of the racetrack!
In the beginning, SBOIC consisted of a small interpretive centre that showcased pictures and displays, and was staffed by a single person. Visitors used spotting scopes from an observation blind to view the wild owls nesting in the infield of the racetrack. Over the years the Centre has expanded to include a gift store, a larger display area, and a traveling educational program "Owls on Tour". The Centre is also the permanent home to a small captive population of owls.
SBOIC is a non-profit organization which does not receive provincial or federal funding. The Centre depends entirely upon the generosity of individual donors as well as funding through various educational and/or environmental grants.
COME TAKE A LOOK!
From the May long weekend to the September long weekend, SBOIC's focus is on in-house tours of our facility. Emphasis is on learning about the prairie ecosystem, and the conservation of species and habitat. Bring a whole class or bring your family. Our interpretive staff passes along information about the Burrowing Owls, prairie habitat, as well as new research and conservation efforts being made by biologists and other wildlife organizations.
We can accommodate large or small groups. Guided tours are available 7 days a week from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Such a visit to the Centre includes:
- the opportunity to view SBOIC's captive owls in their outdoor enclosures;
- the chance to see wild hawks, coyotes, jackrabbits, gophers, and other prairie wildlife in the adjacent field;
- the opportunity to learn more about native prairie plants in the Evergreen Native Prairie Garden;
- and perhaps the chance to meet one of our imprinted owls!