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!

Construction on the new hospital continues with further significant contributions coming in. The installation of the shingles, the windows and doors, the paint, and the painting of the exterior have all been donated, either in cash or labour. The building will be closed in by fall and we hope work will continue through the following months to complete the inside. The current, makeshift hospital may not make it through another winter. Our Facility Manager refers to it as being 50% duct tape!

We had a very full week in July travelling around to Central Alberta daycamps, libraries, and campgrounds.

Fostering our orphans to a willing, wild mom or family is something we never cease to enjoy doing.

Medicine River Wildlife Centre has always been a promoter of networking and working in co-operation with other professionals.


Facebook friends are helping raise funds by sponsoring a patient of the day. A current patient in the hospital is featured on Facebook and friends are asked to help sponsor the care of that animal or bird. This little help each day will ease the burden of raising the funds to care for the more than 2000 injured, orphaned, and compromised wild creatures we help each year, which cost us an average $120 per patient. Please join us on Facebook, watch the activities of our facility, and help us out now and then with a small sponsorship. You can also help by sharing the posts and encouraging others to help.

Summer hit with a bang this year and baby season kicked in right along with it. Birds and mammals in Alberta only have a short window of time in which to have their young, raise them and get ready for winter so they all seem to come at once.

The new “Wildlife Homes” playground, funded by Co-op Community Spaces, is well underway!