We are pleased to bring you the story of one very lucky Great Grey Owl that was brought to our first aid station in Drayton Valley early December. Our volunteer vet, Savannah Howse-Smith from Rocky Rapids Veterinary Service, assisted Lil at our first aid station with an exam and x-rays to find that both wings were broken.
In anticipation of the new hospital going up this year we have decided to open one room as a small Interpretive Centre until the new public facility is built. We will be streaming activities in the hospital to a large screen in the room, offer displays and information, have one or more education animals around to visit, and of course a small gift shop to help raise funds.
As many of you know, our massive hawk and eagle enclosure was destroyed with an extremely heavy snow load a few years ago. We have been struggling ever since to juggle birds between flight cages in order to give our birds of prey the space they need to exercise and recover. Many donations were received and are being held for the construction of the new cage, but we need more. A GoFundMe campaign is in the works to help us raise the funds. Keep posted for details on how you can help.
We have received word that our pre-fabricated concrete walls are in production and will be installed the first week of February!
We are the grateful recipients of a generous donation of $50,000 from Altalink!
Two juvenile Snowy Owls were both admitted into our hospital in November within a couple weeks of each other.
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.
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.