Yearly Archives: 2012

Miracle of the Month

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Officially his patient number is 12-1127 but during his one month stay at the WRA Care Centre they called him “Train Wreck”. This battered and bruised pigeon came back from the brink to become one of our most amazing rehabilitation stories and the most photographed pigeon in the WRA’s history. He was originally spotted at Read More

It’s That Time of Year

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What do flowering cherry blossoms, misty morning rains, warmer temperatures and baby birds have in common? Well, they are tell-tale signs that spring has sprung. Nowhere can this be more evident than at the WRA. Suddenly, from a time when there are often more volunteers than there are patients and when doing laundry is the Read More

Pigeons are Birds Too

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Pigeons get a bad rap out there in the real world. Some people think they’re a nuisance. I think they’re fantastic one of my favourites. They’re kind of like the Golden Lab of the bird world – a little curious, a little clueless and rarely complain. When you start at the WRA Care Centre, the Read More

Peer-to-peer Network

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At the WRA we are always looking for ways to enhance and develop the care that we provide and in March I had the privilege of attending the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association’s (NWRA) annual symposium held this year in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The four-day NWRA Symposium attracts hundreds of rehabbers from across Canada and the US Read More

Precocious or Helpless?

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Mallard ducklings are born ready to run and forage for food.

While many workplaces are setting up their office pool for the Stanley Cup playoffs, staff and volunteers at the WRA are using their expertise, intuition and wild guesses to predict the start of the baby bird season. The arrival of the baby bird season marks the start of our busiest period when we will see Read More

From Rottweilers to Baby Birds

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When I started at WRA this is what I knew about birds: 1. They tweet. 2. They have feathers. 3. They fly. Then I remembered that not all birds fly. I had a lot to learn! I found the WRA when I was searching for somewhere to volunteer. I knew I wanted to work with Read More

Don’t Kill Them With Kindness

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A few weeks ago the WRA Care Centre received an injured Northern flicker that was kept in a box overnight. The finder ensured that the box was secure and lined with newspaper. Hoping to make the bird more comfortable, she also provided food and water. The food she left in the box was something she Read More

The Beginning of a Long Friendship

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Although my first volunteer shift at the WRA Care Centre was nearly 3 ½ years ago, I can still remember the rancid smell of skunk that clung to my throat and the torso-high laundry riddled with all sorts of stains, raw fish heads and slimy worms. Little did I know that on that day, in Read More

Bird Feeder Alert

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A suspected outbreak of salmonella is killing off large numbers of pine siskins in the Lower Mainland. Most salmonella outbreaks in birds are caused by contaminated bird feeders, and pine siskins, are particularly susceptible to the infection. They get sick by ingesting contaminated water and food, and by direct contact with feces or other contaminated Read More


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