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Greetings fellow wildlife lovers!
We hope you're still staying safe and well.

This month our foxes (fan favourites) plus some Bald eagles were released!
We had a very special bird spend some time with us - a protected species with a long journey ahead. 

And a beautiful tribute to our Co-founder Dr Helene van Doninck on the 2nd anniversary of her passing.


Read on!

A very special bird blind 

We are excited to tell you about a bird blind at the Wetland Centre at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
It was built in collaboration between the Nova Scotia Bird Society, Ducks Unlimited and TELUS.

We are touched to say the blind has been named in memory of the late Dr. Helene van Doninck, veterinarian, and co-founder of the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
Anyone who encountered Dr Helene knows firsthand of her infectious and passionate enthusiasm for wildlife, birds in particular, and for wildlife education.
We know she would be thrilled with this tribute.
We hope you get the chance to visit the wildlife park and spend some time enjoying the animals of the wetlands in this special bird blind.

To see it up close and personalenjoy this lovely 60 second video. 

 
Fab Foxes be FREE!
You may have been following our foxy friends’ journey in care from when they came in as wee kits in May to when we shared some pics of them after a big growth spurt (they just grow up so fast 😉 ) and now you’ll be happy to know that they were released on August 10th.
Why is this date such a special one?
It was the 2nd anniversary of the passing of our beloved and dearly missed Dr Helene van Doninck – co-founder of CWRC.

A wonderful way to remember her and honour the work she did and the work we continue to do with wildlife as we carry on her legacy.
 

Eagle Release
It's always a busy day when we have bald eagles to release!
On Saturday August 22 a small group of volunteers and our Wildlife operations manager Brenda Boates worked as a team to catch 2 eagles out of many more in the eagle flyway.
Our state-of-the-art flight facility (affectionately known as The Big Jeezley)
is designed to make this easy...
well easier than plucking an eagle out of the air at any rate!
These photos show the tarpaulin walls integrated into the structure – pull one all the way up, the other half up until the selected eagle is gently and carefully herded into the ‘room’ and then pull up the second wall quickly to close off the 'room' so our eagle wrangler – volunteer Brittany Greene – can grab the eagle.

Then our volunteer vet, Dr Jessica, completes a quick examination to ensure all is well and the eagle is popped into a carrier ready for the drive to the release!

 
Enjoy these photos of the catch and release
Fly strong and true  😊


Is it nocturnal? no!
Is it a hawk? no!

It's a... Nighthawk!
The Nighthawk is a beautiful and fascinating bird.
Unlike us humans, who have had to put our travel plans on hold, they are currently packing their bags, gathering in large groups and preparing for their long migratory journey to exotic destinations in South America like eastern Peru, Ecuador and southern Brazil.

A couple posted a photo of a grounded Nighthawk on the Nova Scotia Bird Society (NSBS) facebook page which initiated the rescue, rehabilitation and (spoiler!) release of this protected bird back into the wild.
  • The Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore, so a grounded adult Nighthawk that doesn’t try to flee from people is not behaving as it should.
  • This combined with the fact that the Common Nighthawks' migration to South America occurs mid August to mid September ...
meant this adult bird needed help fast.

This adult Common Nighthawk was sitting out in full sun without any cover, and made no effort to flee, or even to move away form danger. The NSBS helped to direct the finders in seeing the appropriate care for this bird, and thanks to everyone's swift action this bird was able to be admitted to the CWRC under permit from the Department of Lands and Forest for assessment and care.

A complete veterinary exam revealed that this little bird was very weak and badly dehydrated. Thankfully it had good muscle mass, was free from major injuries, and its feathers were in excellent condition.
Phew! What a relief!

The first 48 hours was spent stabilizing and monitoring with customized intensive care on Dr's orders, followed by several days of monitoring and feeding to build up the bird's strength. 

Once this little nighthawk was feeling perky and feisty again it was time to finish its unscheduled layover and get back on the wing for a long journey to South America.
 
The NSBS was, once again, an integral part in this successful rehabilitation and release story! Not only did they help to identify that the bird needed help, they also provided assistance with getting in touch, and monitoring for nighthawk sightings in preparation for this little bird's reunion with it's fellow Nighthawks for the long, communal migration ahead.

Fun fact!

Common Nighthawks may have teeny tiny beaks, but in order to catch insects in flight they are have a huge gaping mouth behind that teeny beak!!

Our Red Bubble Online Store is OPEN!

Have you checked out our Red Bubble Store yet?? 
So many options including T shirts, baby onesies, notebooks, travel mugs, stickers, postcards and more! Something for everyone's budget
and each purchase supports
CWRCWhat a deal! 
 
If you'd like to see the Big Jeezley eagle flyway in action RIGHT NOW - you can!
Check out our live eagle cams 24/7!
Just
click here and note there are multiple camera options to click on to see the entire flyway - watch them eat, poop, bathe, play and more! 

Stay safe and take care of each other!

Thank you for your continued support!
From all of us here at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre,
we couldn't do what we do without you.
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