Stanley Park Owls - Conduct and Safety

Barred Owl nest cavity with adult and young

Stanley Park Owls - 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

Please see my suggested guidelines under the main menu.

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 this wonderful park.