Frequently Asked Questions

Can I tour your facility?

The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation is a no public access facility. We run a wildlife trauma hospital and many of our patients are recovering from severe injuries, including surgeries. It is far too stressful for our patients to be on display for the public. Remember these are wild animals; they are highly stressed by proximity to humans! Animal patients that become too stressed can die in care simply from stress. It is in the best interest of our wildlife patients to benefit from a quiet, stress free environment, which we try to create for them. To see wild animals please visit the Calgary Zoo

What can I do to stop birds from hitting my window?

We are so glad you asked! Window strikes are a leading cause of wild bird deaths accounting for millions of songbird deaths in North America every year. The US Fish & Wildlife Service put out a very informative and thorough document in 2016 detailing the ways you can make your windows safer for our avian friends. Information included is taken directly from their website

 

The purpose of this document is to provide straightforward, best-known approaches for reducing bird collisions with buildings and building glass through building occupant measures, simple low cost actions, and strategies for new buildings, building renovations and building retro-fits.
Reducing Bird Collisions With Buildings

 

This flyer, a product of the Council for the Conservation of Migratory Birds, includes some simple, low cost measures that anyone can implement in their home or at the office to save birds all day, every day.
Building Glass and Lighting Lunchroom Flyer

How do you deter skunks from making a home, in your home?

An easy way to deter skunks from living under decks, porches etc. is to soak old rags in house hold ammonia (found in grocery stores) and place them into tin cans. ** Remember not to mix ammonia with bleach or any other products. ** Place the cans where you think their entrance and exit locations are. You may have to be persistent for a week or so before they get the hint. Skunks do not like the smell of ammonia and should move on to reside elsewhere. As soon as you are sure the skunks have moved on, you should board up the area so they will not return.

I’ve found a cute little animal and I’m trying to raise it as a pet. Can you offer me any advice?

STOP! WILD ANIMALS DO NOT MAKE GOOD PETS!! First, it is illegal to possess wildlife in Alberta without a special permit. As well, they often carry diseases that are harmful, sometimes even fatal, to humans. Raising wildlife in your home robs that animal of the wild life it was meant to live and can cause irreparable harm to that animal. If you have found and retrieved a baby animal, return it to its mother as quickly as possible. If it is not possible, contact your nearest wildlife rehabilitation center.

I saw a baby bird on the ground. I can’t locate its nest or its parents, what should I do?

Make sure that the bird is indeed orphaned by observing it for a period of time. Once you are absolutely certain it needs help, put on a pair of protective gloves before handling the bird. You will need to keep the bird safe and warm until you are able to transport it to a vet clinic. Follow the steps below:

 

1. Place the baby bird in a makeshift nest made out of an old shoe box lined with dryer lint or a soft cloth.

 

2. Place half of the container on top of a heating pad set on low or a hot water bottle filled with warm – not hot – water. This will allow the bird to choose a comfortable level of warmth.

 

3. Once the bird is warm (note: NEVER FEED A COLD BIRD), it can be fed some soaked dry cat food. Make sure the cat food is soaked quite well and stirred up to a pasty consistency. Using a medicine dropper, place a small amount of cat food at the back of the bird’s mouth. If the bird is hungry, it will be displaying a “gapping” behavior and will quickly accept food. It is very important not to over feed the young bird. Very young birds will need to be fed quite frequently — sometimes an eye-dropper full every 15 to 20 minutes.

 

4. Take the bird to a veterinary clinic accepting wildlife or drop it off at CWRS as soon as possible. A wild animal has the best chance of survival with those who understand its nutritional and behavioural requirements.

Do you help pigeons?

CWRS takes injured pigeons and is the only wildlife facility to do so. However, all injured or orphaned pigeons must be brought directly to Calgary Wildlife for treatment. Please do not bring them to the veterinary clinics.

I found an injured animal, but CWRS is closed for the night! What do I do?

Many veterinary clinics around the city take in the orphaned/injured animals on our behalf. They will admit the animal at no cost to you and keep it safe for the night. For after-hours rescues, please take the animal to a 24-hour clinic. They will then contact us and we will arrange for a volunteer to pick up the animal from the clinic.