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California Quail Babies Fighting to Survive

California Quail are rare in the lower mainland. In 2019 Wildlife Rescue only provided care to three California Quail related to predator attacks and possible orphans. With nests in secluded areas in the ground near tall grass, tree trunks, and rocks, Quail can easily be injured by both predators and curious humans.


Majestic Endangered American White Pelican Released to his Flock!

Biologists from the Williams Lake region have been on the lookout and recently spotted the White Pelican flock return to one of their breeding grounds at Puntzi Lake, BC. They contacted Wildlife Rescue right away to acknowledge it was safe to move to the next stage. Peli underwent his final health evaluation to ensure he was ready for release to the wild.  
After 8 hours of traveling with Peli safely in a kennel, staff and volunteers arrived at Woodlands Fishing Resort on Puntzi Lake. A sizable remote area where dozens of American White Pelicans fly majestically through daily. A Pelican island exists within viewing distance, making this a perfect spot for the Pelican’s release. 


Help Prevent Entanglements Due to Fishing Lines in Wildlife

Every year, birds migrate remarkably long distances across the globe. Since 1993, people around the world have celebrated this journey in May through International Migratory Bird Day. Some 14 years later, in 2007, the Environment for the Americas took over this day and transformed it into a meaningful way to raise awareness of environmental conservation. As we celebrate this day, we must continue to minimize disruptions to our environment and help make bird migration as seamless as possible, while still taking time to enjoy the great outdoors.

Many Canadians from coast to coast are connecting with the outdoors during this uncertain time, especially as spring presents many opportunities for biking, hiking, walking, running, fishing and so much more. While spending time outdoors is a positive way to maintain a sense of normalcy, our impact on the environment has the potential to result in issues for our wildlife and already fragile eco-system.

Unfortunately, fishing equipment is one such item that has harmed local wildlife throughout the years. Though fishing is a significant way to relax and enjoy some downtime, it is important to be mindful of how discarded fishing lines, hooks, and nets have the potential to harm wildlife.

Problems with fishing line entanglement were common last summer at both Como Lake and Lafarge Lake. In October 2019, Wildlife Rescue Volunteers traveled six hours to Tucelnuit Lake in Oliver, BC to rescue an endangered American White Pelican who suffered from significant tissue damage to the left-wing including multiple punctures and a large tear in the skin above the elbow (patagium) due to fishing line entanglement. Examination and assessment with Wildlife Rescues veterinarians determined that this Pelican would likely require six to eight months of long-term care and be the first aquatic species to be winterized at Wildlife Rescue hospital. Over the last seven months, Wildlife Rescue Volunteers and staff have provided extensive physiotherapy, nutrition, wound management & with your help indoor and outdoor pool facilities to ensure Pelican safely returns to the wild in the coming weeks!

Wildlife caught in fishing lines tends to struggle to get out and this struggle can lead to feather damage since the lines are constrictive. When trapped in these lines, the animals cannot move or find food and leave them vulnerable to attack by predators. Worse still, ingesting these fishing materials can be deadly and cause internal bleeding and damage.

As we all enjoy the great outdoors during this time of year, the safety of our environment and wildlife should be top of mind. If you find a bird that is injured, here are some helpful tips on what to look for:

 

  • Is the bird injured with exposed bone or blood?
  • Is the bird naked (featherless)?
  • Was the bird attacked by a predator?
  • Is the bird covered in bugs or insects?
  • Does the bird look sleepy?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions phone Wildlife Rescue’s Support Centre at 604-526-7275, and leave your contact information, location of the injured bird/wildlife, and any details of your observation. Alternatively, take a photo of the bird and email it to info@wildliferescue.ca along with the location of the injured wildlife and any other details of your observation.

Help prevent fishing line entanglement in wildlife! 


Help Ground-Nesting Babies This Spring!

Spring and summer are a particularly sensitive time of year for ground-nesting birds. We need your help to ensure ground-nesting wildlife like the northern junco, hermit thrushes, and meadowlark are among species that can lay and protect their eggs safely. One of the most common and easily forgotten human disturbance during spring is lawn mowing.


How to Safely Drop-Off Wildlife During COVID-19

COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and the way we serve others in these challenging times. With your help over the last few weeks, Wildlife Rescue has continued serving vulnerable animals while practicing safe physical distancing. These protocols will continue to be in place until Canada’s Prime Minister tells us they are no longer needed.


Living with Covid-19

Wildlife Rescue Association will remain operational during this time. We have reduced staff on-site to ensure the safety of everyone while we continue to care for wildlife.


Great Blue Heron, Big Blue Needs our Help After Window Strike

Caring for Great Blue Heron such as this is a lot of work. They require constant attention-particularly when they’re in groups to ensure no violence breaks out. Yet while this is a concern, typically this behavior is only exhibited when there’s a scarcity of resources, so while they’re in care its quickly made clear there’s going to be enough food for all of them.


Trumpeter Swans: A Fight for Survival

Trumpeter Swan still faces numerous threats to its existence. Among others, lead poisoning as a result of the ingestion of ammunition pellets left in old hunting grounds and fishing tackle would have to be considered one of the most sinister threats that this beautiful bird faces today.


Happy Reunition

This relaxed attitude of the bushtits and heroic residents from a local community in East Vancouver, BC helped Wildlife Rescue reunite a fallen nest back to its parents within 24 hours.


Thank you for helping us save endangered animals

This year, Wildlife Rescue celebrates 40 years of partnering with you to save wild lives throughout our communities. During our four decades, we have cared for more than 115,000 animals and – with your support – are working to help many more in the years ahead.