In the middle of all our construction, 2016 has brought us a heavier than ever before patient load. Whether it was the warm spring or just a coincidence, the patient numbers are expected to be up at year’s end by 30% bringing totals to over 2500.
The Centre began accepting patients in 1984 with a mere 14 wild critters. It would have been hard to believe back then that the Centre would be accepting 2500 injured, orphaned, and compromised wildlife, answering 10,000 phone calls and offering a wide range of services to the community every year.
Despite the large number of animals and birds we have seen, the staff have done very well at managing everyone. Fostering orphans out to wild families certainly eases the workload and reduces costs, food needs, and space. It isn’t the easiest building to keep clean but the international volunteers have done a terrific job helping to keep it the best possible.
Common injuries tend to change with the season. Spring brings a large number of orphans both real and mistaken. Well- meaning people pick up what they believe to be orphans in need and after some investigation we will get those babies back home. Many of those babies are indeed orphaned and those are the ones for which we seek out new families. Late summer brings large numbers of injured young hawks and owls. These juvenile raptors venture out into the world and encounter vehicles, barbed wire, and power lines. We can always tell when certain species are migrating when animals such as Sharp-shinned Hawks, bats, or warblers begin arriving daily.
We look forward to 2017 as each year brings new experiences, new species, and new learning.