Medicine River Wildlife Centre’s journey towards a new facility has been a long and often difficult one, with promises not kept, a dishonest contractor, and an unsuccessful funding application. However, there has been a lot of good news along the way and many friends made. Numerous individuals, community groups, and businesses have stepped forward to support the project and now nearly 85% of the new million-dollar facility has been identified with only a further $170,000 to raise.
A Birds of Prey compound costing $160,000 with 8 recovery cages under one roof is also in the fundraising stage with plans to construct in 2019. Current cages are quickly becoming unusable and housing birds of prey will no longer be possible without this new enclosure.
Demand for education programs, phone support, wildlife conflict resolution, and animal rescue are in growing demand with well over 2000 wild patients cared for each year, 10,000 phone calls received, and 500 requests for solutions to wildlife conflict situations.
To reach our financial goals, Otis the Owl and his new friend, Fang the Skunk, have stepped up to help once again. Over the winter months when individuals, groups, or businesses within the Red Deer region donate $1,000 or more, Otis or Fang will personally come to your place of business or home, have a photo op, and thank you for your support.
Children are becoming more and more involved in giving these days and we were lucky enough to be the recipients of these girls' donation after collecting for their birthdays. They also bought a couple books while visiting, leaving us with $450! Thank you Ara and Willow for your kindness and generosity.
The new wildlife hospital is continuing to progress with exterior painting complete, shingles partially installed, windows and doors expected any day, drywall installed on the ceiling, and the floor prepped. The next injection of funds will get the plumbing and electrical underway.
We received a call about a Great Blue Heron near Blackfalds who appeared to be walking and looking healthy, but unable to fly.
We will be showcasing our children's books and matching animal stuffies.
We were lucky enough to receive funding from long-time supporters, Marisa and Andy Broughton, for the construction of a new compound.
We are extremely excited to announce the upcoming launch of the newest book in the "Through the Eyes of Otis the Owl" children's book series, sponsored by AltaLink! This book tells the story of education animal, Charlie the Porcupine, along with information about other misunderstood species. It is a book about understanding, compassion, and tolerance.
The book is set to launch in early October. Pre-orders can be taken now by phone (403-728-3467) and will be available shortly thorugh our website. Stay tuned for offical launch celebrations coming soon!
Back in 1997, a young Swainson’s Hawk was brought to our Centre. She was sitting on the finder’s hand, had jesses (raptor leashes) on her legs, and was taking mice from the hand. Staff were told that they had recently found her and wanted to turn her into our hospital for care.
The Grand Opening on August 18th was a massive success! A huge thank you goes out to Co-op Community Spaces for the generous grant, and to all the Central Alberta Co-op Board and Staff that attended.
Throughout the summer we have busily been looking for foster homes in the wild for some of the orphaned babies we receive. We ask other experts, bird banders, and even the general public for their assistance in locating new families. What a successful baby season it has been!