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:
Great Horned Owl
This owl was found on the ground. Though it doesn’t have any fractures, it did have some notable bruising and marks that have led us to believe it is suffering from a head injury. However, it is feisty and eating on its own!
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.
*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:
Female and Male Mallard
Some of the waterfowl in Edmonton choose to stay in the city during the winter instead of migrating further south for the winter. They may choose to forego migration because some parts of the North Saskatchewan River remain open all year round, because they have a reliable food source, or they are unfit to make the journey. Whatever the reason may be, it doesn’t necessarily mean that their stay will be an easy one! Both of the Mallards that we currently have in care were found on the ground with various degrees of frost bite. They will remain with us while they recover, and will likely be released in the spring
This Sandhill Crane was Transferred to us in September from the Strathcona Raptor Centre. Upon being admitted, there weren’t any injuries, or signs of illness found. However, as she had missed the window for migration, the crane would have to stay with us over winter. Our animal care manager has had to get creative in finding ways to alleviate this patient’s stress and make her rehabilitation process as comfortable as possible. Cranes are very skittish and shy so we have had to interact with her as minimally as possible, such as inconspicuously sliding food dishes into her enclosure under a curtain. Our Animal Care Manager has also found that walking very slowly, like a crane, also helps to prevent her from becoming overly anxious. As cranes are a flock bird, we have added two tall mirrors to her enclosure. The crane is quite taken with them and spends a lot of her time standing before the mirror, unknowingly keeping herself company. We are eager to return her to her natural habitat come spring so she can rejoin her wild counterparts!
*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:
*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.
We currently have 8 bats in care! They came to us separately throughout different points in the winter. All were found inside buildings. Likely, they had chosen a warm spot for the winter to serve as a hibernaculum. However, these buildings were also occupied by humans, and thus their hibernation was disturbed. Found in houses, hospitals, garages, and schools, they were eventually brought to WILDNorth. We will keep the bats over the winter, where they will be nice and warm, until the spring.
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 Muskrats ($150)
We aren’t the only ones who have been affected by the cold snaps this winter. We currently have four muskrats in care – each one of them was found frozen out of their water sources. Fortunately, some kind-hearted individuals found these guys wandering around looking for somewhere to go and brought them into WILDNorth. All four of these muskrats will be staying with us until the ice begins to thaw in the spring. There’s two things that these muskrats have in common: they love to eat, and they love to rip things up. By choosing to sponsor these muskrats, you will help us purchase new (durable) furniture for these little critters’ enclosures
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).