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Accidental Nest Removal and Disturbance

This time of year, migrating birds choose British Columbia’s beautiful trees and forests as a spot to lay their eggs and start their families. This beautiful journey often has challenges, one being nest removal and nest disturbance.


Helping Hummingbirds – Feeding Hummingbirds Properly

While planting a native flowering garden will provide the best natural source of food for hummingbirds, supplementing with a properly maintained hummingbird feeder can provide additional sustenance to local hummingbirds. However, in order to help and not harm, you must ensure your feeders are properly maintained.


Easter Egg Challenge

Easter is an exciting time for the re-emergence of plants and wildlife, including the arrival of baby birds.

With more babies comes more danger. Momma birds work hard to keep their babies safe, but living in an urban environment brings a lot of challenges. That is why Spring and Summer is the busiest time at Wildlife Rescue. Every year we admit thousands of nestlings and fledglings in need!

Different species have different methods of keeping their eggs safe. Birds like Bushtits build pendant nests –  elaborately woven sacks that dangle from branches, giving the baby birds in the nest great protection from predators. Conversely, some birds aren’t that good at making nests. A nest made by a Pigeons could easily be mistaken for a few misplaced sticks and straw!

During Spring, it’s important to be on the look-out for baby birds and their nests and to avoid disturbing them!

Think your bird ID skills are expert? Test your wildlife knowledge with this Easter Egg Challenge!

Guess the species these eggs came from!

Easter Eggs #1 Hint: These beautiful little blue eggs inspired a colour name! The colouring comes from pigments within the mother’s blood! Talk about putting in blood, sweat and tears into raising your young!
Easter Eggs #2 Hint: This species typically lays two eggs which are about the size of navy beans! They are laid in a soft nest made from plant down and spider webs.
Easter Eggs #3 Hint: These speckled eggs provide great camouflage against the environment of the nest. These chicks are born with their eyes open and are capable of leaving the nest soon after hatching!
Easter Eggs #4 Hint: These eggs are laid in large nests, typically in wetlands. Once hatched, the offspring will stay with its parents all through the winter, only separating the following spring!

Scroll when you’re ready for the answers! No peeking!

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Answers

Easter Eggs #1 Answer: American Robins!
Easter Eggs #2 Answer: Hummingbirds!
Easter Eggs #3 Answer: Gulls!
Easter Eggs #4 Answer: Sandhill Cranes!


Spring Match Goal Surpassed!

Thanks to you, we surpassed our Spring Matching goal and some! Thanks to your amazing community support, we reached the initial target of $30,000 early on in the month, which inspired new donors to come forward with additional challenge gifts increasing our goal to $50,000!


Protecting Ground Nesters

Spring and summer are a delicate time of year for ground-nesting birds like the Dark-eyed Junco, Hermit Thrushes, Sparrows, and Killdeer to name a few. One of the most common and easily forgotten human disturbances during spring is lawn mowing, which unknowingly harms wildlife, particularly ground-nesters!


Saving Small Nests

Every year from around mid-March to late August, the lower mainland is filled with birds finding habitats, constructing nests, and nesting. For birds, their mating season is extremely important – after all, this is the period in which they lay eggs and watch their kids grow up!


Hummingbird FAQ

What are the best techniques for maintaining my hummingbird feeder in the winter? What exactly is torpor and how do I know when a hummingbird is in distress?


Canada Goose Nesting Season FAQ

Canada Geese mate for life and will return to the same location to nest year after year. The lack of available natural nesting sites has resulted in Canada Geese nesting on rooftops, even in busy urban environments. Here are some commonly asked questions regarding Canada Goose nesting season.


Glue Traps: A Sticky Situation

Every year, Wildlife Rescue provides care to hundreds of wildlife impacted by glue traps and flypaper. These inhumane methods to prevent unwanted guests inside and outside our homes causes horrific injuries and sometimes death to vulnerable wildlife.  


A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Care Assistant

Feeding. Cleaning. Health checks. Feeding. Cleaning. Health checks.

A day in the life of a Wildlife Care Assistant may sound repetitive, but each day brings new challenges that will keep you on your toes, and new inspiration that connects you to nature and animals.

Your main responsibility is to the baby birds – you are there to care for them throughout their development and rehabilitation. The tiniest of babies need to be fed every 15-minutes. So, when you have a room full of babies, it can be an endless circuit of feeding. Yet, somewhere in-between the feeds you need to clean them and their enclosures, and assess their development.