Greetings fellow wildlife lovers!

Well February has been a short but busy month here at the centre. We've had our hands full with eagles and we'll catch you up with 3 of them this month. Plus some great info on safely and respectfully feeding birds.

Everyone's favourite - we had a stunning Snowy owl join us and leave us this month - we do love a happy ending. We included lots of pictures and some video!

so ENJOY and read on!
1. You may recall our first Bald Eagle patient of the year from the January newsletter – Stuart who was suffering from the effects of lead poisoning? We are thrilled to report that she has joined the other eagles in the large eagle flyway and is now working out in the flyway to build up her flight muscles and cardiovascular strength in preparation for release into the wild!

You can see her top left pic above sitting on a high perch in the flyway. Go Stuart! 

2. Our next eagle came in on Bell's 'Lets Talk Day' from the Belmont area so we nicknamed her...Belle!  We suspect she was hit by a car or collided with something as she had soft tissue injuries and a wing droop but we are happy to report she is recovering well. We think she lives up to her name. Doesn't she look beautiful in her model-like pose (bottom right pic above)

3. Sunday came in on a... you guessed it...Sunday!  He presented with measurable blood lead levels, subtle neurologic signs, soft tissue wounds and injuries but he is recovering well so far. Due to his small stature we believe Sunday is a male. But don't let his size fool you - that is one feisty, mighty 'little' eagle! You can see him being held in the top left image above. 

It won't be long before Sunday and Belle will be able to join Stuart and the other eagles in the fly way stretching their muscles and building their endurance in the final stage of their rehabilitation journeys!

We thought you would enjoy this comparison of the three eagles below as they are all in various stages of the push toward the iconic outfit of the mature bald eagle!

(Eagle photo credits: Volunteers Jordanna, Michelle, Jessica, Wildlife manager Brenda and co-founder Murdo)


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Keeping birds safe at your feeder!
With winter weather upon us, we have heard lots of talk on how best to provide food to our small winged friends!
Although feeding wildlife is usually a no-no, bird feeders don't seem to make the animal reliant on humans. They can be removed without any harm and are therefore generally deemed safe and fun! 

Unfortunately, feeders, if not properly cared for, can be an easy way for disease to spread and make our small birdie friends an easier target for natural predators, such as hawks, and unnatural ones like free roaming domestic cats.

For this reason, the Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative (CWHC) has published a report called "Strategies to Prevent and Control Bird-Feeder Associated Diseases and Threats", and we have tracked down a great summary of the article (by Nature Canada) to share with you, our lovely readers!!

Would you like to learn more about keeping birds safe at your feeder?
Click here!

And if you'd like to download a copy of the full CWHC report,
you can click here instead!

Casper came Casper went!
A beautiful Snowy Owl was spotted on the ground late in the evening after a storm early February. The finders weren't sure the bird could fly and arranged for the bird to be checked the following day. The next morning, the owl was still there, and it was confirmed that this bird wasn't able to fly.

When "Casper" arrived at CWRC, this Snowy Owl was dehydrated, exhausted, weak, and had an injury on its right wing.

This beauty received supportive care, wound management, and careful monitoring for signs of rodenticide poisoning. After a couple of weeks Casper was weighed, popped into a carrier and then moved into a swanky 10'x8’ suite with plenty of room to fly and perch. 
A webcam was used to monitor and confirm agility, flight ability and behaviour.

This past weekend, we were joined by John Kennedy from the Department of Lands and Forestry (DLF) to bid a fond adieu to Casper the snowy owl. Casper's recovery over the last few weeks was a community effort involving private citizens, birders, DLF, and the team at CWRC.
The work we do wouldn't be possible without this network of wildlife lovers!

Volunteer photographer Angela MacDonald joined us to capture Casper's return to the wild. A strong and effortless flight off into the distance is the best farewell of all! 

Please enjoy this lovely story and video by Aaron Beswick from the Chronicle Herald.
Beautiful imagery! "With its white wings spread wide, hard yellow eyes and talons reaching, it would have appeared a wintry angel of death."
to read more and see video click here.

(Snowy owl photo credits: Volunteers Angela, Jordanna, Michelle, Jessica, Wildlife manager Brenda and co-founder Murdo)
Help us help them!
We appreciate all of you (our readers) so so much, and we know that given our global situation it may not be as easy as it once was to reach out and find ways to help. Don't worry though, we've compiled just a few for just this reason!

1) You can make a donation to help wildlife like Casper, Stuart, Belle or Sunday! We are a registered charity and will issue you a tax receipt to benefit you at tax time.
For donation options
click here.

2) You can buy tickets for our CWRC monthly 50/50 lottery with Rafflebox 💰 March ticket sales end on the 30th!
Help keep the LIFE in wildlife and get your talons on tickets by clicking here: ⬅️  🦅 Good luck! ❤ Raffle open to NS residents 19+. 

 3) You can support CWRC and protect our planet by
    purchasing TruEarth laundry strips and other eco
    friendly products by shopping at our
    TruEarth online store.
Click here! 

From all of us here at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre,
Thanks for your support, be kind to each other and yourself
We couldn't do what we do without you.

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