Remember the “wise old owl”? We’re building on the “wisdom” of owls—and their great rodent-control abilities—with our new Owl Wise Leader (O.W.L.) program.
O.W.L. encourages businesses and other entities to protect owls, hawks, other raptors, and all wildlife—as well as domestic pets—by eliminating rat poison products.
WHO are Owl Wise Leaders?
Owl Wise Leaders are:
- businesses that stop selling rat poison products of any kind
- pest control companies, homeowners’ associations, community groups, urban farms, municipalities and agencies, and others that stop using rat poison products of any kind
Let people know that your business or group is keeping children, pets, and wildlife safe from rat poison! We offer free items such as product stickers (to identify non-toxic products), storefront and vehicle stickers, and web badges.
Learn more about becoming or nominating an O.W.L. If you know (or you are!) a business or pest control company anywhere in the U.S. that does not sell or use any rat poison products, please download our application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please thank and support these Owl Wise Leaders! We’ve honored them with O.W.L. awards:
- Davis Food Co-op Acts to Protect Owls
- Bolinas, Stinson stores dubbed “owl-wise”
- Hibbert Lumber honored as an Owl Wise Leader
- Marin County
- SF Rec and Park Demonstrates Eco-Friendly Pest Management
- The Rat Detective, Vashon, Washington
- Ferndale Music Company and Owl Cam
More Owl Wise Leaders
We thank the following businesses and other entities for not using or selling poison, and protecting children, pets, and wildlife:
Doesn’t use poison
Doesn’t sell poison
|Casa Grande, AZ||√|
|Ben Lomond, CA||
|Cupertino, CA||Manny DaSilva, Manager, Custodial Services, De Anza Community College||√|
|Ferndale, CA||Ferndale Music Company, located in a former church, likes owls so much they’ve installed an owl cam! And they’re spreading the word about conserving owls and other raptors and not using rat poison.||√|
|Malibu, CA||Shopping centers, including all tenant businesses and food services (e.g. restaurants and supermarkets):||√|
|Marin County, CA||Marin County (Rodenticide ban and detailed non-toxic pest management plan implemented on all county property as of 2009)||√|
|Menlo Park, CA||City councilwoman Cat Carlton came up with an innovative measure that bans the use of rat poison within a section of the city zoned “bird friendly”; buildings in that area must also use bird-friendly glass.||√|
|Moss Landing, CA||The Haute Enchilada Cafe and Gallery is dedicated to natural rodent control. They even installed a barn owl box and an owl cam!
(awarded by SCRATS)
|Oakland, CA||Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project||√|
|Richmond, CA||Urban Tilth||√||√|
|San Francisco, CA||Natural Areas Program (NAP), San Francisco Recreation & Parks||√|
|Santa Cruz, CA||B&B Small Engine Repair – Owner Dan Beagle shares RATS outreach materials, regularly advises customers not to use poisons, and sells Fresh Cab, a non-toxic plant oil repellent. And he’s installing barn owl boxes!
(awarded by SCRATS)
|Stinson Beach, CA||Stinson Beach Market||√||√|
|Vashon, WA||The Rat Detective (pest control)||√||√|