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Arctic Outflow Impacts Hummingbirds

Posted December 29, 2021 by Sasha, Wildlife Technician


The Arctic outflow has impacted wildlife dramatically this season! With a record-breaking drop in temperature across the Lower Mainland, hummingbirds are coming into Wildlife Rescue Association (WRA) in record numbers with cold-induced injuries. Common winter injuries include frostbitten and damaged...

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Hummingbirds a Frequent Sight in the Winter!

Posted December 7, 2021 by Vindi Sekhon


Hummingbirds – a crowd favourite, miniature acrobats that dart and dip, hunting for high-energy foods. Although these tiny birds weigh less than a loonie (averaging between 3 and 6 grams), hummingbirds need to be almost constantly eating. Hummingbirds flap their...

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Common Nighthawk and How to Help!

Posted October 8, 2021 by Vindi Sekhon


Known to be special birds that spend much of their time in certain parts of British Columbia, Nighthawks are essential to our environment. Even though they might not be easy to find due to their nocturnal habits, these birds contribute...

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Will you Help Prevent Window Strikes in Birds?

Posted August 30, 2021 by Vindi Sekhon


Every year, billions of birds migrate across North America. Herons, Sandpipers, Cranes, and even hummingbirds all migrate to escape the cold Canada’s winters bring. Unfortunately, many of their journeys have been disrupted by the wreckage from wildfires, forcing them to...

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Entanglement and Osprey

Posted by Vindi Sekhon


Known for their technique of diving for fish feet-first, Ospreys are a majestic sight in the lower mainland where they inhabit lakes, rivers, and ponds.   Unfortunately, entanglement is a large problem for these birds. When fishing lines and other materials...

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The Spotted Sandpiper

Posted by Vindi Sekhon


Found in freshwater areas such as rivers and streams, Spotted Sandpipers typically nest close to the shore. Unfortunately, this reliance on coastlines has led to many problems for these birds - especially when chemicals are dumped into water.  The usage...

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Birds, Bees and Heat Exhaustion

Posted July 28, 2021 by Vindi Sekhon


Why Birds and Bees? Essential to our environment, birds and bees are valuable contributors to our ecosystem. In fact, both species pollinate native British Columbian plants, flowers, and fruits while maintaining local plant diversity. With wild bee species declining at...

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Healthy Wetlands Critical to Waterfowl Species

Posted by Vindi Sekhon


Found in lakes and ponds, Common Loons are a common sight from BC to New Brunswick. Known for their black bills and their black-and-white patterned bodies during summer, these birds have a different look from September to March when they...

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Protect Your Local Killdeers

Posted by Vindi Sekhon


Killdeers are urban and friendly birds found almost anywhere in the world and a familiar sight in Central America, South America, Europe and North America. Killdeers are easily spotted with their long legs, brown feathers on top and white wings....

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Entanglement & Water Recreation

Posted May 31, 2021 by Vindi Sekhon


As we move into warmer weather, more and more residents of Metro Vancouver are heading to the water to beat the heat. With Wildlife Rescue Association being located right by beautiful Burnaby Lake, we see first-hand the joy that water...

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