Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society
The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (CWRS) is dedicated to treating injured and orphaned wildlife, providing valuable outreach and education services to the community and engaging all volunteers in motivational work and skill building experience.
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CWRS Movie Night: THE MESSENGER
CWRS is proud to be hosting, in collaboration with the Globe Cinema, THE MESSENGER, an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning, emotional journey revealing how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves.
Venue: Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave S.W.)
Dates: March 4 & 5
Time: 7:00 pm & 9:10 pm
Tickets: $10/adult, $8/youth $6/children*
*CWRS Members are offered discounted tickets on March 4th. For more information and to purchase discounted member tickets, please contact Andrea Hunt at CWRS by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (403-266-2282)
On both dates, the movie will be followed by a Q & A directed by our extremely knowledgeable Animal Care Operations Manager, Jenna McFarland.
15% of ticket sales are going to CWRS!
Description of Show
Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, THE MESSENGER brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers.
On one level, THE MESSENGER is an engaging, visually stunning, three-act emotional journey, one that mixes its elegiac message with hopeful notes and unique glances into the influence of songbirds on our own expressions of the soul. On another level, THE MESSENGER is the artful story about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents, and about those who are working to turn the tide. In the words of Boreal biologist Erin Bayne, “Could we live without birds? We don’t really know for sure… That’s one of the fundamental concerns when you play with nature, pull one piece out, and maybe that’s a pivotal piece, we just don’t know.”
Documentary Night at the Bleak Midwinter Festival!
As part of Inglewood’s Bleak Midwinter Film Festival, the Lantern community Church is showing a special screening of Bow Passage Overlook video series on February 6th at 7pm. The show’s proceeds are being donated to CWRS! For an interesting evening featuring short documentaries about the Bow and its relationship to the community of Inglewood as well as some lively conversation in a community setting, we encourage you to check out this event! Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. More information can be found by following the
Volunteer Spotlight: November
For our November spotlight, we are showcasing two of our volunteers who have been working tirelessly since they started, fixing and beautifying our site. Jim Rainkie and Wayne Hermanson are friends who both volunteer outside many days a week doing so many of the maintenance chores that we are starting to run out of projects for them to do! Jim and Wayne don’t even need to be asked, they always are one step ahead anticipating our staff’s needs and working to keep our site functional, practical and beautiful. Some of the great work done by this duo includes putting up mesh in our flight pens, fixing perches in flight pens, putting up new signs for our buildings, planting trees etc. We are so pleased to shine a spotlight on the tremendous work these two have done for CWRS this year.
1. What kind of work do you do?
JIM: I am retired but my work career spanned marketing and construction, two very different avenues and I still enjoy applying those skills to benefit others.
WAYNE: So far I have worked on installing netting on the ceiling of 2 of the fly pens. Cleaning up around the grounds, lawn maintenance, etc. Also working on building a 4 compartment outside feed bin ( rodent / weather proof) – not complete.
2. What brought you to Calgary Wildlife?
JIM: Actually our son Ryan is very dedicated to volunteering and he had done some work at CWRS and introduced me to your concept. At that time I was still actively working so I held off but after retirement I just couldn’t avoid the attraction to your site. Being a farm boy I just had to get involved.
WAYNE: I heard about the Calgary Wildlife centre from the work that Jim Rainkie had done there and decided that I would like to try it out. It turned out that it was kind of fun and rewarding doing things that made work easier for others.
3. What has been your favorite project at Calgary Wildlife
JIM: I have two, cutting all the wild grass so the volunteers could go from building to building without following narrow paths and being tripped up while carrying rations and identifying all the structures and areas with new signage.
WAYNE: My favorite project is still in the works. Building a 4 compartment outside feed bin ( rodent / weather proof).
4. What do you wish others knew about Calgary Wildlife?
JIM: I wish others knew what goes on behind the scenes. The dedication to saving every bird or animal that is entrusted to your care.
WAYNE: There is all kinds of volunteer positions available at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Service if you are interested in saving wild animals or birds.
5. What is your favorite way to connect with nature and enjoy local wildlife?
JIM: I connect with nature by frequent walks in Fish Creek Park, drives in the country, having feeders and a heated waterer in our back yard and of course CWRS.
WAYNE: I enjoy going for walks in Glenmore Park Weaselhead Natural Area.
6. What is your favorite native animal?
JIM: My wife Connie and I have always been mesmerized by the elusive Loon and it’s eerie lament on the water. But others are the Deer and the Great Grey Owl.
WAYNE: My favorite native animal is White Tail Deer. My favorite bird is an Eagle.