Your sponsorship brings more wildlife from rehabilitation to release!
There are three different sponsorship levels to choose from:
You will receive a sponsorship certificate, an interim update of a current raptor patient, and an invitation to the release of a raptor.
You will receive a sponsorship certificate, an interim update of a current waterfowl patient.
You will receive a sponsorship certificate.
Featured Patients ($50-$250)
You will receive a sponsorship certificate, and more depending on the patient.
You will receive a certificate, an interim update of a current raptor patient, and an invitation to the release of a raptor.
Examples of raptor patients currently in care:
This Peregrine Falcon was admitted to our wildlife hospital on September 16, 2017, after being struck by a vehicle. Upon assessment, it was found to have a fractured wing that would require surgery. During surgery, a pin was put in to stabilize the bones and ensure proper healing.
It is currently recovering and being monitored at our wildlife hospital.
The Peregrine Falcon is listed under Special Concern on COSEWIC (2007) and it is rare to get them in here at WILDNorth. Reaching speeds of over 240mph, the Peregrine Falcon is the world’s fastest animal.
On October 15, 2017, this Barred Owl was spotted being attacked by another owl. Our rescue team was dispatched and the owl was picked up and brought to our wildlife hospital. There were no obvious fractures found during its intake examination, however it had significant bruising in one leg. Currently, this owl is receiving cage rest and pain medication.
This hawk was admitted from High Prairie on November 5, 2017. It was found to be emaciated, meaning it was extremely thin and weak. For the first 72 hours of care, the hawk underwent fluid therapy to prevent infection that it often associated with this illness in northern species such as this one. Fortunately, it survived the first few crucial days. Now, it is doing well! Because it is still young, and not yet able to hunt for itself, this hawk will over-winter with is. Come March, we will release it so that it can make the migration north to breed with the others of its species. Until then, we will give it live prey so it can practice its hunting skills!
Red-Tailed Hawk (dark morph)
This hawk was admitted in September, 2017 with a fractured leg and wing. The leg was pinned and the wing was wrapped. Upon being moved to a flight pen where her flight capabilities could be better assessed, it was found that she could get lift well, but needed more strengthening to improve her ability to sustain flight. Due to needing more time, this hawk missed the deadline to migrate and will be with us over winter.
This little owl has a fractured coracoid. Though we don’t know exactly what happened, we suspect that this owl likely hit a window. At this point, it cannot get much lift and will require continued cage rest until fully healed. Most Saw-whet owls have migrated, although some remain over winter if they find suitable habitat and a good prey source.
*Please note, by choosing to sponsor a raptor, you will be supporting the rehabilitation process of a raptor patient similar to the ones described above.
You will receive a sponsorship certificate, an interim update of a current waterfowl patient, and notification upon the release of a waterfowl patient.
Examples of waterfowl patients currently in care:
This juvenile Ruddy Duck was originally found under someone’s steps in Viking Alberta on November 4, 2017. After a brief pit stop at Guardian Veterinary Centre, it came to our wildlife hospital. There wasn’t anything obviously wrong with it, and it is very feisty! This young duck has missed its window to migrate so it will likely be staying with us over winter.
This Bufflehead was being monitored by concerned members of the Edson community after the other waterfowl had left for migration. This particular Bufflehead had stayed behind on an aerated pond. After watching it for awhile, the finders figured that it wasn’t capable of flying, and a group effort ensued to catch the little duck. Upon a successful capture, it was brought in to our facility. Though there weren’t any fractures found, there is damage to some of its primary and secondary feathers.
*Please note, by choosing to sponsor a waterfowl patient, you will be supporting the rehabilitation process of a patient similar to the ones described above.
You will receive a sponsorship certificate and a notification upon the release of a songbird patient.
Examples of songbird patients currently in care:
This Northern Flicker was admitted in September, 2017. It was unable to stand upright and was found to have spinal trauma. After a course of intensive pain medication, the bird is now more mobile, always upright, and is able to flutter short distances. These birds are an extremely shy species and are a stressed species both in captivity, and in the wild. Fortunately, this particular flicker seems to have adjusted to its circumstances and is eating well!
*Please note, by choosing to sponsor a songbird, you will be supporting the rehabilitation process of a songbird patient similar to the ones described above.
Bushy-tailed Woodrat ($50)
This Bushy-tailed Woodrat was admitted after it was inadvertently caught in a mouse-trap. Fortunately, it didn’t have any broken bones; however, this little guy will likely have to stay with us over the winter. Bushy-tailed Woodrats are not typically found in this part of Alberta – oftentimes they end up in unexpected places because they stowaway in a vehicle on a train.
Bushy-tailed Woodrats are also known as “Packrats”. This is because they take shiny objects and stow them away in their dens.
This badger came into us in May, 2017 when it was a wee four weeks old. One of our wonderful volunteers, Jill, helped raise it for a month until it was weaned off formula. It was then housed in a large enclosure until September when she was taught how to hunt. Jill would take her for outings in the wild, getting her accustomed to life in the wild, learning how to sniff out ground squirrels. However, the ground squirrels were underground in the fall so the badger couldn’t learn to hunt very well. Fearing she wouldn’t survive her first winter, the badger was released at our rehab centre where she could be monitored and given supplemental feedings. She now has multiple dens. Come spring,, when the ground squirrels are above ground again, the badger will be relocated to the south east area.
Four Great Horned Owls ($250)
These four owls are currently roommates! One is our resident owl, Cecil, who came to us under unusual circumstances and, due to being too habituated to humans, was unable to be released in the wild. Another one of these owls has been with WILDNorth for two years and is still recovering from a barbed-wire wing injury that resulted in nerve damage. The other two owls are younger. One of these owls first came to us because it was emaciated and its feathers were contaminated with oil. The other showed signs of spinal trauma, and associated head trauma, which caused cognitive mental deficiency which affected its ability to recognize food. These young owls are not yet fully capable of hunting for themselves. Winter is a difficult time for raptors to hunt successfully, so these young owls will stay with us until their chances are better come spring time (70% of young raptors don’t survive their first winter).