It is Day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas for Mother Nature. Today, I am highlighting two great local organizations.
What does a dog kennel have to do with the Cochrane Ecological Institute? A lot! This institute runs Happy Tails Dog Kennel and a portion of the money from the kennel helps support this great institute. Happy Tails has been Dakota’s home away from home for the past 9 years…..and he LOVES it!
This institute is “devoted to the preservation of biodiversity through the conservation and breeding of endangered indigenous species, environmental impact evaluation, ecosystem restoration through the reintroduction of extirpated flora and fauna, rescue and rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wildlife, public education and field research, and the monitoring of habitat and species through the development of non intrusive survey methods.” Source – Cochrane Ecological Institute
For the past 4 years, they have been offering a Christmas tree event – for a minimum donation of 30.00, you can get your Christmas tree and see their wildlife and facilities. They also offer education presentations to schools and local groups.
Active since 1982, this foundation is Alberta’s first privately licensed raptor rescue and conservation organization. It is a registered charity that relies solely on donations and volunteers and “One hundred percent of all donations are spent on programs and projects that directly benefit the wildlife and habitat that they strive to conserve”. Source – Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation.
There is a local Banff connection to this Foundation. In 2007, a badly injured Golden Eagle was brought to the centre. After much care, the eagle made a recovery, however it was left blind as result of a pellet shot to its eye. This eagle was named, Spirit. Sierra met Spirit at the Alberta Birds of Prey visitor centre and was so impressed, that she started a fund raising drive for the foundation. “The centre was built to inspire the minds of young people about nature and the positive difference they can make in the world”….I would say mission accomplished!
Merry Christmas and Happy Hiking!