Helping injured and orphaned birds in your community
At Powell River Orphaned Wildlife Society, we are committed to helping injured and orphaned birds here in our community.
We take all species and aim to rehabilitate and release as many as possible. From baby hummingbirds to injured eagles and trumpeter swans, we ensure the bird receives the best possible care.
We work with OWL and Wild ARC to provide the best possible care.
*Found a bird? Put it in a covered box – birds fly when you least expect it! Remember, even to the fiercest of birds, humans are predators, and just seeing us sends their stress levels soaring. Don’t handle them more than absolutely necessary!
*With the warm weather arriving, remember to keep your feeders clean. Feeders can spread many diseases that can be fatal to new arrivals at the feeder. Whether it is seeds or hummingbird syrup, pathogens grow, so empty the feeders and wash them regularly.
*If a bird is unconscious after hitting a window even for a brief time, play it safe: put it in a box and call us. Just like humans, it can take a day or two for a concussion to show up. Leaving the bird to fly away can mean a painful and often terrifying death, while a couple of days’ R&R with PROWLS can guarantee a safe return.
*The geese are migrating! That means our summer visitors will soon be here. Our winter birds, from Anna’s hummingbirds to ravens and raptors, are already nesting. These are often the birds that nest in dense hedges, so please, if you are planning to prune your hedge, get it done by the first week in April or wait for August. The hummingbird nests are next to impossible to see until too late!
* Most of our hummingbirds are already back and some are nesting. Please, if you are putting up a hummingbird feeder, use a simple mixture of 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. Honey might seem like a more nutritional sweetener, but it causes a fungal infection that kills the birds. The red mixture that many stores carry causes birth defects in the babies. Simple is good!
The milder weather has arrived and the birds are getting frisky! The robins came out of the woodwork and are busy fattening up and building nests. Most pairs will raise three clutches between now and late August.
Things finally slowed down in late February. We have had some lovely birds – Steller’s jays, barred owls and a young eagle who hatched last year. An interesting patient was the young raven who was being attacked by other ravens. The unofficial diagnosis is PTSD. She is off at Wild ARC, where they are working at re-socialising her before her release.
Texada Islanders kept us busy the first couple of months this year. It was a treat to be able to take a male barred owl back and watch him settle into his home territory. His return had been doubtful, as the small bones just above his wrist were broken. OWL gave him all the time and special treatment he needed, though, and he flew away strong and healthy. Thanks to everyone involved!
We got a call from OWL asking if we could help with an eagle rescue in Halfmoon Bay, and we were delighted to be able to pass the call to a volunteer who lives there. Tammy is with the Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She picked up the eagle and delivered him to Gibsons, then called to let us know how it went. It was a wonderful example of co-ordination and co-operation: from conservation to OWL to us to Gibsons. That’s how it should work!
One of our volunteers put us on to an organization called Wildlife Rescue Nests. These are volunteers who knot and crochet nests for use in wildlife rehabilitation facilities. We signed up and got an amazing box full of nests, with sizes for everything from hummers to crows, as well as hanging nests for cavity nesters. They are not only beautiful, they have been created with forethought, and we look forward to filling the nests this summer!
There are many ways you can help us with our work. We can use your skills for everything from catching birds, building and mending cages, foraging for materials, cleaning cages, bird care and much more.
Let us know how you would like to help
Everyone at PROWLS is a volunteer, so your donation goes directly to the animals. There are no salaries or administrative costs.
Whether it is for special feeds, cage supplies or housing, we rely on donations to provide for our patients.
We also need volunteers helping with our society, including serving on the board, fund raising, helping with public education and our web presence.
You don’t need animal skills to be a valued member of our team. Join us today!