June 2009 – February 2012
George was one of three chicks that hatched during the summer of 2009 from the pairing of Gale and Zeus. At just 5 days of age, this little owl was picked to become one of the Centre’s ambassador owls!! The care and training of our newest protégé was seen to by the former director of the Centre, Janet Ng. This little owl was named in honor of the late George Davies, a native Moose Jaw resident who was very passionate about environmental and conservation issues, especially those surrounding the Burrowing Owls. Initially the staff assumed we had a little boy on our hands, but after the DNA results came back we were surprised to learn the “George” was actually a little girl!! So George officially became Georgie and she proved to be a fast learner and an extremely outgoing owl. She quickly became a favorite of the staff, and not long after her first public appearance, a crowd favorite as well!! Many school kids came to know Georgie as the pizza stealing owl after a staff member shared a story of how Georgie took it upon her self to steal a slice of pizza right out of that staff member’s hand during a lunch break when she happened to be in the office!! During her brief time with us at the Centre, Georgie met with thousands of people, children and adults alike, and she touched each and every one of them proving that she was indeed a true ambassador owl. Georgie left us far too soon after a brief and very sudden illness in February 2012. Even though she is gone now, she will live on in the hearts and memories of the many people who were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to meet her. So next time you have a slice of pizza, take a moment to remember a little owl named Georgie who made a big difference!!