Greetings fellow wildlife lovers!
Lots in store for you...
Final chance to bid on our silent auction, 'Before' and 'After' pics of our fox kit, an exciting osprey rescue & release and our co-founder shares his  X-Ray point of view ! 

You know what to do.. read on!
Silent Auction- Tick Tock!
There are only three more days for you to bid on these two beautiful pieces, donated by local artist and CWRC supporter Lorraine Gaudet. You might recognize Lorraine’s work from art shows in Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove, or even from her display at The Hidden Gallery. We think Lorraine’s love for wildlife really shines in these paintings, and we can’t wait to find them a new home!
Biding closes 29 August 11pm AST.
Auction is open to wildlife lovers everywhere! (additional postage costs where shipping required)

Click an image or here for the link to go to our auction site, and happy bidding! 

Foxy Feeding Danger

Have you met this sweet little fox kit who is currently in care at CWRC? Volunteer photographer Al Eastman took this great shots to introduce you to this wee fox. (plus a few additional shots by animal care volunteers)

Although mange occurs in the wild, in normal circumstances, animals spread out enough and have a healthy enough diet to keep them from getting as sick as this little one.
Sadly, cases this severe are generally seen due to over crowding and poor nutrition which happens when people feed foxes.


  • causes the animals to live closer to each other than they normally would
  • does not meet all the nutritional requirements that fresh natural foods provide in the wild.
  • reduces the amount of exercise foxes get by decreasing the frequency and duration of natural hunting behaviour.

This little youngster is thankfully on the mend, but others are not always so lucky.

Instead of feeding wildlife, you can share your love by learning more about ecosystems, challenges facing wildlife, protecting wild places, and keeping wildlife wild!

Check out these before and after pics showing progress to date.

Osprey rescue & release
Earlier this month, a group of ball players were out enjoying the nice weather when they spotted a young osprey with a mass of garbage around its foot. The other osprey in the area were calling and agitated and the group of friends did exactly the right thing by staying back from the bird while they waited for help. 
Upon arriving, our operations manager, IWRC certified rehabilitator Brenda Boates, assessed the bird from a distance. As its family called, the bird successfully flew up to a high light fixture where the wad of garbage snagged a post and entrapped it. 
Brenda's experience and quick action meant that in no time at all we had an amazing and enthusiastic team of volunteer firefighters on site, two of our volunteer veterinarians, and a wildlife officer from DLF. The team's quick thinking and collaboration resulted in a successful rescue!
A complete veterinary assessment including x-rays showed that this little bird was tired and stressed but had no serious injuries.

After about 20 hours of supportive care and reassessment, this osprey was released back to its family!

Sometimes it takes a village to save a bird!
Huge thank you to the good folks who alerted us to this bird, the amazing firefighters who arrived in the blink of an eye to help us get this osprey to safety, and the DLF wildlife officer who responded quickly to our call. We are also so grateful to all who answered the call for help, our amazing team at CWRC, and for the support of wildlife lovers like you!

To see the rescue in action, captured by Steve Currie - check out the following link:


Bare Bones Wildlife Love!
"One of the great things about volunteering at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (CWRC) is the opportunity it gives me to see wild animals up close. In the wild most animals will never let people get too close and wisely so. If you want to see them in any greater detail you would need a camera with a really long lens or visit a facility where they might be on display like the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park.

Even in a wildlife park setting you are still some distance from the animals. As a volunteer for the CWRC the experience is literally "hands on" and you don't get much closer than that! By being so close to the wild animals that arrive at the centre I get to see in exquisite detail many features that would be invisible at a distance. I see the super fine feathers that surround a great horned owl's eye or the reptilian texture of the skin on an eagle's foot. 

As a nature photographer it is extremely gratifying to see and record these structures in the high definition quality that today's cell phones and DSLR cameras afford. We take a lot of images of our patients for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they are very unique or quirky, like a turkey vulture, or they are very cute, like a baby porcupine. Primarily we take pictures to show the progression of injuries as they heal or worsen in spite of the care we provide. We also take photos so that we can share the work we do with our supporters, like you!

We also take images for diagnostic purposes, like x-rays. These are very helpful in determining the nature of internal injuries, especially broken bones, and foreign objects. You could say that we take pictures of the animals inside and out! I had this very thought one day as I helped position an eagle for x-rays one day. It occurred to me that I could take a normal photo from the same point of view as the x-ray then combine them afterwards. The result was even better than I had imagined.

(Pictured below left to right: Mink showing wound over pelvis & Northern gannet showing fishing hook embedded in wing.)
Not only can I see the exterior of the animal, feathers on an owl for example, but also the underlying skeletal structure that supports it. Not only that, the newer digital x-ray sensors often capture the soft tissue structures on the animal in amazing detail. The two combined give me such a clear understanding of the animal in the image.

I have included a few of my favourite x-ray overlays. I hope you like them too!
Murdo Messer 
Co-Founder and Board Chair CWRC

Pictured above - Crow with a dislocated knee showing external pins to stabilize.

To see Porcupine showing the extent of the teeth click here

To see Loon showing shotgun pellets. click here

Are you 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 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 has just begun, and we're in spot 24  (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, 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 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!
  • You can buy tickets for our CWRC monthly 50/50 lottery with Rafflebox (September sales starting now)! (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!
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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