Operation Taylor Complete

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After 101 days in the care of the WRA, the white-throated swift known as Taylor,  received the final permits to allow it to be transported to California. The bird left Burnaby on February 12, was handed over to the WildCare wildlife rehab centre in San Rafael in California on Valentine’s Day and was released just Read More

Christmas Tree Central

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Thanks to everyone who answered our Christmas tree appeal. We now have a Xmas tree forest and a Xmas tree mountain. We are now officially full to capacity but the trees will be put to good use over the coming months.

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

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

Marsupial in our Midst

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The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial living in Canada and the United States. These nocturnal creatures are gradually migrating north and in British Columbia are currently found south of the Fraser River. Despite their 50 teeth, they are quite timid and pose little danger to even small children or pets. They put Read More

Wildlife Watching at Stanley Park

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This is a great time of year to catch a glimpse of our migratory visitors. We’ve just had a message that a large flock (numbering around 4,000) of surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) have taken up residence around Second and Third Beach and can be seen diving for food over the mussel beds. The Stanley Park Read More

Fall Visitors

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As an autumnal chill sets in, so life at Wildlife Rescue enters a new phase. The summer orphaned birds have grown and gone to be replaced by migratory birds on their way to warmer climates. For rehab staff that have spent much of the summer dealing with local species such as American robins, rock pigeons Read More


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