Greetings fellow wildlife lovers!
We hope you're still staying safe and sanitary,
albeit a little less distanced! (woohoo!)

is month we'll be sharing a tale of our owl puppets.
It starts a bit sad (we'll admit it!) but has a happy ending!
Why do we need puppets to feed owls, you ask?
Don't worry- we'll fill you in on that secret too!
There's a check-in from our good friend Alfie the parrot,
some photos of a very cute (and sassy) skunk kit,
and info on how you could help the animal residents of
CWRC win big!

Read on!
We still have a few of our lovely non-medical animal themed masks left!!
If you'd like to support
(while also keeping you or your family a bit more safe and sanitary)
please click here to purchase!

Owl Puppets

Earlier this month we discovered a horrifying and deeply saddening loss here at CWRC...our hard-working Barred owl and Great horned owl puppets had been destroyed by moths!! 
These lovely felted owl puppets had fed many owlets until they were self-feeding and ready to move in with our resident foster parent owls. 

We needed new owl puppets and fast! 

So we put the call out for felters to help us replace them.
We were blown away by the number of responses and touched by the generosity and skills of local felter Tacha Reed who answered that call
and a mere few weeks later personally delivered the
most detailed, beautiful owl puppets to us.
For the lovely Salt Wire story with more details and pictures of this 
click here.

Why owl puppets?
Why owl puppets you ask? 
is a form of learning in which an animal learns its species identification. Birds do not automatically know what they are when they hatch – they visually imprint on their parents during a critical period of development.

After imprinting, they will identify with that species for life. Some bird species are more susceptible to imprinting than others and owlets are such a bird. 

Here at the centre, when working with owlets, human contact is kept to a minimum.
  • We keep their enclosure covered
  • We provide them with a mirror and soft toy owls so they do not see humans just their own likeness.
  • When uncovering them for feeding or handling we wear masks, hats and cloaks to disguise all human features and do not speak at all.
  • We hand feed through a puppet so the owlet associates food and care to its own species of owl and not humans. 
Once they are self feeding and healthy they are moved into a larger enclosure with a same species foster parent for modelling and further species imprinting. Even then we continue wearing the owl costume when placing food into the enclosure for some time.

An Alfie Check-In!
WooT! I (one of your humble newsletter writers) recently received my CWRC travel mug from our new Red Bubble on-line store and I LOVE IT! So does Alfie, when he's not stealing bites from my blueberry scone!  The quality is excellent and I love the look. 
Why not check out our store for an array of cool wildlife designs (Baby porc, Cute owls, CWRC logo) on a wide range of products like stickers, note books, baby onesies, clothing, cushions, water bottles, metal travel mugs (pictured) and more!
Just click here to see options. 

Cutie Patootie Skunkerootie

You may have seen a Canada Helps fundraiser campaign we ran a short while ago to raise funds to purchase a new incubator for babies and injured wildlife?! We quickly reached our goal (people are amazing and we love you!) and installed our fancy new incubator this month.

Our first incubator baby was... a wee baby skunk. 

She was admitted mid June after someone found the little skunk in her yard one evening after a stray dog picked her up and pulled her out of the bushes. The skunk was still there in the yard come morning and so was brought to us. She was also covered in maggots (yuch) and we believe she was roughly two weeks old at the time as she hadn’t yet opened her eyes.

For more information on this sassy lil' lady and to see her
in action in the incubator
(stomping and shaking her tail and
letting us know she's tiny but mighty - just adorable!)

click here for a very short video clip with info... Enjoy! 

Canada Helps $20,000 Contest!

CWRC had great success with our recent Canada Helps campaign for an incubator (see appreciative skunk pics above), but as everyone knows, the reach of COVID-19 has been far and wide.
Canada Helps has realized that a lot of organizations (specifically not-for-profits like us!) aren't able to host fundraising events and activities as we normally do, which are really CWRCs biggest source of income.

For this reason, they started the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

For the entire month of June (it's almost ending! eek!) every $1 from your donation, gives us a chance to win a $20 000 prize- that's a whole Owlery!

We realize that not everyone has extra funds lying around right now, but if you find yourself with the opportunity to give, we very much appreciate all of the chances we can get to win this prize!!

If you would like to donate, please click here to visit our current Canada Helps Owlery campaign, and either click
donate now (at the top of the page) or fill in your donation information at the bottom of the page.

We (and the animals of CWRC) appreciate you all so much and could not do what we do without you!

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!
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! 

We currently have 3 juvenile and 4 adult eagles in the flyway.

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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