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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Volunteer Spotlight: Bonnie Presser
This month we are focusing our volunteer spotlight on Bonnie Presser, a driven and confident volunteer who has helped us with animal care, and most recently with fundraising. We are very grateful to Bonnie for her creative ideas and persistent pursuit of improvements to our organization! Bonnie has spearheaded an initiative for volunteers with sewing inclinations to help us create stuffed animals to sell at the Lilac Festival. We love this kind of initiative!
1. What kind of work do/did you do?
I do animal care shifts at the center. I love seeing the animals and making sure they have a comfortable and clean place to be while they get the care they need to recover. I have done different frequencies of animal care shifts as my life has changed from what it was like before and after kids, but my favorite is still animal care.
I am now also starting up a sewing group of CWRS volunteers to create wildlife stuffies for fundraising purposes for CWRS. Turning my pastime into a way to generate more funds for animal care. If all goes well, we may expand to knitting and crochet too.
2. What brought you to Calgary Wildlife?
I have always loved animals and always had pets. Though I have volunteered with SPCA’s in the past, wild animals are my passion. When I moved to Calgary, I looked for opportunities to volunteer with animals and found the CWRS, took a tour of the facility, met the people running it at the time and have been involved ever since. I love volunteering with animals where the goal is to return them to the wild, where they should be.
3. Do you have a favourite story about your volunteering work as a CWRS volunteer?
My favorite patient at CWRS has to have been George the Cormorant. I really found him to be the most comical animal, he would follow the volunteers around all day long looking for handouts and making his goofy cormorant noises.I really looked forward to seeing him each time I was there. We would fill up a pool for him and throw in fish for him to pick up with long narrow beak and swallow whole. He has a special place in my heart. I also love all the baby squirrels we get to care for each year and seeing them transition from dependent little balls of fur to competent juveniles who no longer want my help at all, it makes me smile everytime one of the squirrels gets angry at me, because then we know they are getting ready to released and we have succeeded.
4. What do you wish others knew about Calgary Wildlife?
That we do our best for every animal in need that we see, and sometimes its enough, but sometimes its not. I wish people could better understand the nature of the injuries of many of the animals we see and sometimes the animal doesn’t make it and that is ok. Quality of life and chances of survival should always come first, but I have seen many well meaning people who bring in injured animals they don’t quite seem to understand that.
5. What is your favorite way to connect with nature and enjoy local wildlife?
I am an activity leader with a local family outdoor group, and I lead outdoor hike and plays for parents and kids on friday mornings. It gets me and my kiddo outside on a regular basis all over the city, in all sorts of local green spaces and we have seen so many different species. It always amazes me how many great parks we have in and around town. We have seen deer in Pearce Estate Park, chickadees at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and more. I also love to cross country ski in PLPP to really get away and be outside.
6. What is your favorite native animal?
I am a rodent lover and so my favorite native animal is the Richardson’s Ground Squirrel. They are so misunderstood, so vital to the ecosystem and so smart. I love coming to CWRS in the spring and summer and seeing the little guys running free and undisturbed, sometimes i just watch them do their thing before i leave after a shift. I would love to see them better understood for the keystone species they are one of these days. A personal dream of mine.
April 30: YYC Rocks for Animal Rescue
Join CWRS at this fundraising concert put on by TLB Group. There will be 26 bands playing and 100% of the proceeds are coming to CWRS!
Location: Kings Head Pub
Time: 12pm – 2 am
Cost: $10 minimum donation
For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1404189699654515/
May 14: International Migratory Bird Day
Come celebrate the return of our feathered friends as they migrate back to Calgary after the winter season. Learn about migration and conservation from local birding experts, enjoy nature-themed games and crafts, and go on a guided sanctuary tour. Bring the family to enjoy this international celebration dedicated to birds and their habitats.
Location:: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
June 4: Lilac Festival
Come find CWRS at our booth on 4th Street!
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
June 8: Living with Wildlife Town Hall
Did you know that over 400 species of wildlife live within the City of Calgary? Do you have questions about the wildlife we share our city with? The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, in association with the Alberta Wilderness Association, would like to invite you to our first annual Living With Wildlife Town Hall. Our expert staff will provide information to commonly asked questions about wildlife and wildlife-human conflict and then open up the floor to your questions! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the species in your backyard and get answers to your wildlife related questions.
Date: June 8
Time: 7 – 8:30 pm
Location: AWA Cottage School, 455 12 St NW (parking in rear accessed from the alley off 5th avenue between 12th and 13th street)
*attendees are welcome to park at the nearby Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW)
CWRS hiring Summer students for May-August
CWRS has an exciting opportunity for a motivated student looking for a full time summer position (May –Aug) as a junior wildlife technician. Under the supervision of veterinary staff, the Junior Wildlife Technician is responsible for providing rehabilitation treatment to injured and orphaned wildlife and assisting in daily operations of the facility. This position requires some weekend and evening work and is physically demanding. Successful candidates can expect to be challenged and gain knowledge in the handling and physical restraint of wildlife species, laboratory procedures and diagnostics, emergency nursing, patient assessments and treatments, and record-keeping. All successful applicants must fully commit to the work term. This is a unique learning experience in our hands on, fast-paced work environment. Join us for our peak season (when we intake thousands of animals) and have a once in a lifetime experience!
Please note that this position is for FULL-TIME students who completed a full course load in 2016/17 and will be returning to full-time studies for 2017.
• Food preparation
• Assist with cleaning cages
• Assisting with medical exams, treatment, and lab work working under the supervision of our RVTs, wildlife technicians, and on-call veterinarians
• Communicate with the public/veterinary clinics regarding wildlife concerns and transfers of animals to the centre
• Coordinate and supervise volunteers for wildlife care and rescues
• Maintain records
• Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older
• Preference given to AHT and B.Sc. (Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Veterinary Medicine) students
• Preference given to those with veterinary clinic/medical experience
• Rabies vaccinated with preference given to those with an updated rabies vaccination titre (proof of vaccination and titre value required)
• Strong interest in wildlife rehabilitation, veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation, ecology, or related field.
• Strong work ethic, dependable, honest
• Must work well with a team as well as independently under minimal supervision
• Strong communication skills (both written and verbal English) and telephone etiquette
• Ability to work under pressure and multi-task
• Position requires physically fit candidates (must be able to lift 40 lbs.)
• Must be available to work days, evenings and weekends as CWRS is open 365 days/year.
• Work safely, and train others accordingly
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity at CWRS, please submit your Resume/Curriculum Vitae, including 2 references, a 1-page statement of interest, and availability via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please DO NOT call us! All candidates shortlisted for an interview will be called or emailed. Preference is given to local students and students who have not worked for CWRS in the past.
*positions are contingent on funding