The Centre's "Community Wildlife Liaison" (CWL) position has been carried out, part time, as one of Judy Boyd's jobs the past 3 years. Our CWL is called in when a person has a challenge concerning wildlife - e.g.: bats in the roof, a skunk under the shed, a porcupine eating bushes, or noisy crows. The workload for this position became overwhelming for Judy last year, when added to her already busy orphan fostering role. This year, Alberta Animal Services in Red Deer decided to turn all wildlife calls over to us, increasing the workload even further.
To ease the pressure and to respond more efficiently to the calls, we have hired Gwenevere Marshall to do the job. Gwen has worked temporarily for the Centre, on and off for the past 5 years. She is a zoologist and avid environmentalist with a special interest in the corvid family (crows, magpies, jays and ravens).
Over the winter months, due to lack of space with the renovations, the 3 education owls have been living at Education Coordinator, Erin's home in Cochrane. This has given 2 young volunteers the chance to help out with their care. Local teens, Shelby and Reed, have volunteered their time to come 2-3 times per week to assist with cleaning, feeding, handling and training of the owls. They have been a huge help and their dedication is admired and appreciated. Thank you Reed and Shelby!
This year's volunteers have started to arrive! All from Germany, Vivian, Carolin and Barbara are now living and working onsite. These amazing individuals give their time to work in our wildlife hospital, eliminating the need for us to hire summer staff and saving us thousands of dollars. We attempt to give back by giving them experiences they would not get anywhere else. They are also given the opportunity to explore local attractions and Alberta's natural beauty.
36 central Alberta Girl Guides volunteered their time on May 24 to plant 2,000 pine trees on our property. The trees were donated through the County of Red Deer and have been used to reforest areas of our 453 acres. Thank you Bentley Kuusamo District, 1st Sylvan Lake and 1st Innisfail Girl Guides!
Our crowdfunding campaign is progressing nicely with many of our donors choosing to donate by cheque instead of online.
The first wave of babies arrived this month, bringing newborn hares, squirrels and porcupine, and young ravens, fox and owlets.
Coming in April! Crowdfunding is a financing method that involves funding a project with relatively modest contributions from a large group of individuals, rather than seeking substantial sums from a small number of investors. The funding campaign and transactions are typically conducted online through dedicated crowdfunding sites, often in conjunction with social networking sites.
Have you ever seen one of your relatives, during the holiday season, eat a bit too much and end up on their backs for the next several hours? Well, it might not be Christmas, but this eagle had a fine time gorging on a nearby carcass. So much in fact, that he got stuck on this back! We have seen this with other eagles before, where they simply overfill their crops, making it impossible for them to get up or fly.