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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Donate your summer berries!
Do you have ripe berries in your yard that you don’t know what to do with? CWRS is looking for donations of edible berries (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, saskatoon, currants, chokecherry, blackberry) to help us feed the ravenous appetites of our songbirds! We go through enormous amounts of berries in the summer feeding animals such as waxwings, robins, sparrows, wrens, magpies, crows, ravens and squirrels. Donations should be clearly marked as to the type of berry. Frozen berries are welcome!
Did you know that all young birds spend time on the ground? Fledgling birds are too big for the nest but cannot quite fly yet, and end up spend time on the ground learning how to fly. This is normal behavior! Parents will be nearby protecting and feeding their young during this transition. Most fledglings have almost all their feathers, and are only slightly smaller than adults. If you see a fledgling bird, admire it from a far. As long as the parents are around, it doesn’t need help.
Reminder: See a Hare, Leave it There!
The second wave of baby hares has begun. CWRS would like to remind the public: See a Hare, Leave it There! Hares are born fully furred and with their eyes open. They can hop around within hours of birth. It is the strategy of hares to leave their young for long periods of time under bushes and in the grass. This is normal and helps to protect the babies from predators since young hares have no scent. Mother hares return to feed their young as little as twice per day. Baby hares will freeze when threatened, this is a normal response. Most baby hares are not orphaned and will have best chance of survival with their own mothers.CWRS has received over 30 baby hares in the last two weeks, and wants to remind the public to leave all uninjured baby hares where they are found. If you find a baby hare, please leave it there!
Photo Credit Andrea S. H. Hunt
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