May 27

Baby Season is Upon Us

The first wave of babies arrived this month, bringing newborn hares, squirrels and porcupine, and young ravens, fox and owlets.

Our incubator is full of eggs and the spring has just begun! Next month we will see an influx of ducklings, goslings, songbirds, and of course, fawns and moose calves.

40% of calls that we receive concerning orphans are about animals that aren't truly orphaned. Often, people misunderstand the natural habits of wild mothers and their young and think that little ones are in need of help when they are not. We spend a lot of time on the phone with the finder determining whether or not the youngster should be left alone or brought in to our Centre. For instance, we have received approximately 16 calls on baby hares this spring but only 3 were truly in need of our help.

In order to educate the public and minimize our calls during baby hare season, we put out press releases with information, blanket the community with educational posters and make it a highlight in our school education programs.

If you're concerned about a wild baby this spring, give us a call and we'll be happy to help you out!

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