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.
Social media has increased our supporter base and keeps our followers in touch with happenings around the Centre. It is very important to keep passwords confidential and changed regularly.
This winter was a long, hard one for all of us including our wild neighbours. MRWC received over 120 phone calls from people seeing deer and moose with damaged and fractured legs. We believe it was because the ditches were so full of snow that the deer running on the roads had no place to escape from the oncoming vehicles.
The bad news is that we are unable to bring the animals into captivity to repair them as they die of stress. But the good news is that the large majority of them will heal very well on their own. We only intervene if the animal is unable to get up, so if they are moving and eating, the protocol is to leave them alone and monitor them. Reports back from people are that they do amazingly well without our help.