It is Day 6 of the Spirit of Christmas for Mother Nature, we are halfway there! Today, I am highlighting two fantastic organizations that are committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned or injured wildlife.
This organization is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned wildlife.
I just love their mission statement “We encourage children to respect the environment around them by inspiring a passion for conservation and sustainability. We know that children and youth who develop an early understanding of their relationship with nature and wildlife become lifelong advocates for wildlife, champions for the care, protection and health of wild animals.” Source- Alberta Institute of Wildlife Conservation
I think it is so very important to get children outside and into nature, not only for the physical and emotional benefits, but also for the empathy and understanding that they will develop for Mother Nature and for each other.
Scared Skunk is a book written about a little Skunk that has lost her mom. All proceeds of this book go back to the Alberta Institute of Wildlife Conservation . It would make a great stocking stuffer!
This society was founded in 1993 to address the growing need for a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Calgary. Prior to this, the Calgary Zoo accepted injured wildlife from within the city.
They have a fully functional veterinary hospital, staffed with a “team of professional veterinary staff and highly trained volunteers that provide medical treatment and rehabilitative care to injured wildlife”. Source – Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society
DYK – most “abandoned” wild baby animals have NOT been abandoned by their moms. The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society has produced a very informative pamphlet about what you should do if you see a baby animal that you think is abandoned, or if you see a sick or injured animal.
There are several permanent residents that call the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society home. Many have sustained injuries that make it impossible to survive if released back to the wild. One resident, a Canada Goose named Angel, has Angel Wing Disorder – her feathers grow in the wrong direction. She is used as a surrogate mom for all the little ducklings that are brought to the center. This is a great example of Mother Nature giving back….so in the Spirit of Christmas for Mother Nature, lets give back!
Merry Christmas and Happy Hiking!