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Greetings fellow wildlife lovers!
Time to farewell summer and welcome in the fall.
We also farewelled 3 eagles who were returned to the wild. 
Time for a Clover the barred owlet update and an introduction to a hawk.
Plus - how popcorn helped wildlife (disclaimer - do not feed popcorn to wildlife!!) 


You know what to do.. read on!
1.. 2.. 3 releases! 
 
Mid September we were very happy to see 3 bald eagles return to the wild!
These three birds have been through a lot and were all very happy to go home after their rehabilitation at the CWRC. Our large raptor flyway allows our bald eagles to build up not just their flight muscles, but also their heart and breathing endurance to ensure that when they can put us behind them, they can get up and away easily and without unnecessary stress!

Our wonderful team of volunteers worked together to safely and efficiently grab the 3 eagles destined for freedom and after a quick once over to ensure they were all in tip top condition, they were placed in individual carriers for their final captive journey before those carrier doors swung open for their release.


If you'd like to see the 3 releases in all their glory and in slow-mo to really see the feather detail and the flying action just click here! 

Good luck out there Walter, Sadie, and Scout!
(Although we refer to our patients by name, this is for the ease of people communicating with other people. We never call the animals by their name and in fact we minimize all speaking when working around them.)
Popcorn helps Wildlife!

Who doesn't love popcorn? When it's Popcorn with a Purpose, everyone's a winner!!

A huge shout out to our friends at
The Oxford Taproom, Garrison Brewing 
for making us their Non-Profit of the month!
We were presented with a cheque for $600 - that's a lot of popcorn sold!!

One of our CWRC volunteers stopped by to pick up the cheque (and for some delicious Garrison pints). CWRC supporter Alfie the African Grey parrot is a huge fan of popcorn so he came along too. Nom Nom. 


Clover stretches her wings!
Clover, the barred owlet, came into us late May.
She was contaminated by an unidentified substance, and was depressed, dehydrated, and underweight. With nursing care from our IWRC certified operations manager and dedicated animal care volunteers, Clover has gone from small and weak to strength to strength. 

The animal care team have done an amazing job with Clover.
Human carers can imprint very easily on young owlets and I must admit, as one of those animal care volunteers, the urge is strong to baby talk to such cute patients or touch them unnecessarily etc. BUT we have a wonderful trainer and mentor in our Wildlife Operations Manager and Clover not only has zero bonding with her human carers but also a natural ferocity that demands respect (and full protective gear when handling is necessary!)

Clover started in the nursery in a small carrier and as her weight, strength and manner improved was upgraded to an 'eagle box' (a specially designed box enclosure that fits an eagle) then a small outdoor enclosure and now to a larger enclosure in our Big Jeezley facility. She is taking full advantage of that space and flying like a stealth bomber!

To see her in action you can check out camera #2 of our live webcams. 

Just click here.



The collage above shows her move from the nursery to her first outdoor enclosure.

The collage below shows pictures from her early days- Aww, they grow up so fast! 



Cricket the Broadwing Hawk

Meet 'Cricket' our beautiful Broadwing hawk who was admitted as a young juvenile earlier this past summer.

As Cricket started getting a little older and able to eat on her own she was moved into our lovely outdoor enclosure attached to the nursery.
Cricket started exploring and flying almost immediately- Perfect!

Even though this hawk was admitted to CWRC at a very young age, she knew how to 'hawk'.
For example 'mantling', as shown in the collage above.

Hawks in the wild, once their prey is caught, practice what is known as mantling. This involves the bird spreading out its wings and covering its prey, hiding it from the eyes of other animals or larger predators that may want to steal their catch.

If you ever happen to see a raptor mantling and eating its prey, be sure to keep a distance.
While mantling, a raptor will turn its head down to eat. This position makes them vulnerable and very skittish. A bird of prey that is startled in this state will often abandon its prey, and hey! They used precious energy to catch that!


Looking to help??
 
We never stop appreciating the support we get from readers each month!
Thank YOU all so much for reading, voting, ordering and subscribing!
Every little bit helps, and with so many small mouths (& beaks!) to feed, we are putting all of your help to good use!

Below are some of the ways you can help us at CWRC help our animal friends:
The September Grants round of the MyGivingCircle campaign is almost, and we're in spot 31 (at time of writing)!
This round is not just for Canada, but includes charities all around the world!

If we can make it to the top 20 by end of Thursday 30th September, we will receive a grant that will allow us to further our help for the animals that you love to read about!!
You can vote every week and don't need to make a donation to vote.

To vote,
click here!
  • You can buy tickets for our CWRC monthly 50/50 lottery with Rafflebox.
  • September sales end midnight Thursday Sep 30th!! 
  • (Raffle open to NS residents 19+)
What will you treat yourself to if you win while helping wildlife?! 
 get your talons on tickets by clicking here!
  • You can make a donation to help wildlife like the fox kit or osprey! We are a registered charity and will issue you a tax receipt to benefit you at tax time.
    For donations, click here!
From all of us here at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre,
Thanks for your support, be kind to each other and yourself
and THANK YOU!
We couldn't do what we do without you.

 
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