MRWC News

Thank you to Telus for their recent donation of $2500 towards our education programming. We travel throughout Central Alberta presenting close to 150 formal programs in schools, seniors' homes, and community groups every year. Our programs are offered on a donation basis so the support from businesses like Telus is a great help.

The Cow Patti Theatre event was one of the nicest ways we could think of spending a Saturday morning. The Lacombe Golf and Country Club is a lovely friendly facility with helpful staff and good food.

Fall migration is a lot of work for migrating birds. Extra stress is added when winter temperatures and snow arrive suddenly. This year, shortly after the weather turned cold and snowy, MRWC began receiving grounded waterfowl such as loon, grebe, a snow goose, coot, ducks, and a swan. Most of the birds needed minimal care before they were ready to continue their journey. Four succumbed to their injuries. Ten birds were successfully released at Dickson Dam when the weather took a turn for the better. With warmer weather, stronger bodies, and a lovely wetland where the water stays open and warm year round, the birds were given a chance to either hang out for the winter or continue on the trip south.

Watch the release video here!

We would like to thank the four man crew from the Bowden Institution for the excellent help they gave the Centre in preparation for winter. Over forty, old and dangerous trees were taken down and cut up, an old cage was demolished, the site was cleaned after the removal of our west wing, animal care was given, and some construction was completed, all before the cold weather hit. We simply could not have done all the work without them.

The long journey to build a new wildlife hospital is ever so close to being a reality.

Our hospital receives very few Sandhill Cranes at all, and never have we received one late in October.

November 6th brings an end to our Student Volunteer Program for 2017. 12 students from Germany, Netherlands, and Austria helped run the Centre, along with 2 from Alberta. These students make it possible for the Centre to run with minimum expense as the only thing we provide is housing, scrubs, and a vehicle.

We are lucky enough to receive these students through a group called Fronteering Travel Services. This group arranges travel for their clients and matches them up with a volunteer tourism site that suits them. In return for their hard work we provide housing, thanks to rig shacks donated by Encana, a vehicle won in a contest, and as many fun "Alberta" experiences as possible. We truly are in debt to all these terrific young people.

Thank you to:

  • Jana Biber
  • Elena Fedler
  • Laura Fritz
  • Ben Giese
  • Chiara Herkenhoff
  • Dani Lounsbury
  • Hannah Nowas
  • Laura Ooman
  • Olga Praznik
  • Steven Pye
  • Lea Reckart
  • Alexandra Sabine-Braun
  • Franka Schauerte
  • Lea Zylla

MRWC strives to find ways that we can live better with our wild neighbours. It came to our attention a couple of years ago that a solution to beaver damage, other than trapping, killing, or relocating, had been invented and was relatively simple to achieve.

We received a call from the Winfield area on October 14. A wet, cold, and dirty owl had been found in a domestic duck pen, unable to fly. It was perfect timing as our Facility Manager, who lives in that area, would be driving to the Centre that morning.

Two of our non-releasable Great Grey Owls have found a new home at the Calgary Zoo. The first was admitted into our hospital late May from Sundre with the second arriving in July from Rocky Mountain House. Both had similar injuries, sustaining head trauma and wing fractures.

Neither owls could be repaired so were deemed permanent. As they both thrived in captivity, we started looking for a good placement for them. With one female and the other male, and after being housed together, they quickly became a bonded pair. We knew they must go to the same place, together. We were thrilled when the Calgary Zoo informed us that they had room in their owl display and were happy to give them a new home. They were transferred mid-October and are doing well.