Giving stocks to a charity can not only give your charity the support it needs, but also will benefit you by helping to reduce your taxes. Dorothy and Ruth Bower of Red Deer, have recently given a generous donation of shares to be sold and the profits used for our new wildlife hospital. It has prompted MRWC to open a permanent stock account and let our supporters know that this is a great way to donate.

Tax receipts for donations of stock are given at the fair market value at the time of giving and not the price at which they were purchased. Secondly, and not to be overlooked, there are no capital gains charged on the stocks.

If you are thinking of donating stocks discuss it with your financial advisors and find out the benefits for you and your charity.

We have been lucky enough to witness some fantastic kids over the past year who are eager to make a difference in our world.

MRWC has seen a few more patients this winter than in past years. These animals have been mostly owls, along with both Red and White-winged Crossbills.

The Year of the Monkey appears to be shaping up to provide good things for Medicine River Wildlife Centre.

Every fall as waterfowl begin to migrate away from the wetlands they have frequented during the summer, members of the public notice those injured ones are left behind. As you can see from this video, they can be very difficult to rescue as they are still excellent swimmers. Thankfully we have a few willing kayakers who volunteer to take on these rescues. Kayaks are very maneuverable and with two or three of them we can often corral the goose, pelican, or duck that can’t fly. Unfortunately these birds generally cannot be repaired but it does stop them from freezing to death in the winter or other more unpleasant ends.

Mother Nature changed our landscape plan over the past couple of years when she sent us an enormous snow load and a micro burst. All the tree and cage damage was devastating at first but we soon began to see the silver lining in it all. It will mean a lot of work but in the end it will be wonderful. We will have new and improved cages built on our south quarter and a wonderful wetland viewing area as part of the new public wing.

The first stage was to take down the older, damaged, and exposed cages, so we started small. The songbird/small mammal compounds were redesigned to become one cage with four interchangeable quadrants. Next year’s plan will be to take on the rebuilding of the hawk and eagle enclosures. This will be a much larger project but we will be seeking the assistance of our supporters to accomplish the job. Perhaps we will even try another crowdfunding project to secure some funds.

Fostering Researchers, Judy Boyd and Carol Kelly were so well received during their presentation on fostering orphaned wildlife in Princeton, NJ this past spring that they have been asked to present at the California Conference this fall. The method of fostering wild orphans into wild families instead of captive-raising is becoming well received and Judy and Carol have so much to offer with their experiences perfecting the method. Attending these conferences is never one-sided as we reap the benefits of all those other papers that others present and we love the networking!

Fostering and re-homing of orphaned or displaced wildlife saves costs, facilities, and workload but best of all allows the orphans to be raised by wild families. Wild parents offer them training in survival skills that cannot be taught in captivity by humans.

The number of patients has increased once again this year with over 2000 injured, orphaned and compromised wild critters anticipated to pass through our care before the year is over.

The increase in calls requesting help with wildlife challenges in the Red Deer area prompted us to hire a Community Wildlife Liaison, Gwenevere Marshall, two years ago.