As another year comes to a close I take a moment to stop and overlook our silent wetland, watch bull moose grazing on the bushes on the far end, reflect on 2018, and am left with nothing but optimism.
We were pleased to host two students this fall both wishing to gain more knowledge and an understanding of wildlife rehabilitation.
The Great Blue Heron that our staff captured after a bit of a run, has recovered nicely from its wing fracture and is eager to leave us.
Medicine River Wildlife Centre’s journey towards a new facility has been a long and often difficult one, with promises not kept, a dishonest contractor, and an unsuccessful funding application. However, there has been a lot of good news along the way and many friends made. Numerous individuals, community groups, and businesses have stepped forward to support the project and now nearly 85% of the new million-dollar facility has been identified with only a further $170,000 to raise.
A Birds of Prey compound costing $160,000 with 8 recovery cages under one roof is also in the fundraising stage with plans to construct in 2019. Current cages are quickly becoming unusable and housing birds of prey will no longer be possible without this new enclosure.
Demand for education programs, phone support, wildlife conflict resolution, and animal rescue are in growing demand with well over 2000 wild patients cared for each year, 10,000 phone calls received, and 500 requests for solutions to wildlife conflict situations.
To reach our financial goals, Otis the Owl and his new friend, Fang the Skunk, have stepped up to help once again. Over the winter months when individuals, groups, or businesses within the Red Deer region donate $1,000 or more, Otis or Fang will personally come to your place of business or home, have a photo op, and thank you for your support.
Children are becoming more and more involved in giving these days and we were lucky enough to be the recipients of these girls' donation after collecting for their birthdays. They also bought a couple books while visiting, leaving us with $450! Thank you Ara and Willow for your kindness and generosity.
The new wildlife hospital is continuing to progress with exterior painting complete, shingles partially installed, windows and doors expected any day, drywall installed on the ceiling, and the floor prepped. The next injection of funds will get the plumbing and electrical underway.
We received a call about a Great Blue Heron near Blackfalds who appeared to be walking and looking healthy, but unable to fly.
We will be showcasing our children's books and matching animal stuffies.
We were lucky enough to receive funding from long-time supporters, Marisa and Andy Broughton, for the construction of a new compound.
We are extremely excited to announce the upcoming launch of the newest book in the "Through the Eyes of Otis the Owl" children's book series, sponsored by AltaLink! This book tells the story of education animal, Charlie the Porcupine, along with information about other misunderstood species. It is a book about understanding, compassion, and tolerance.
The book is set to launch in early October. Pre-orders can be taken now by phone (403-728-3467) and will be available shortly thorugh our website. Stay tuned for offical launch celebrations coming soon!