Animal Releases

Duckling Release

In the summer of 2015, Wild at Heart raised many orphaned ducklings. Once these ducklings had waterproof feathers and learning how to swim at the Centre, they were released as a group at a nearby marsh area.

Duckling Release - Summer 2015

Merlin Release

These two merlins had been raised as orphans at Wild at Heart during the summer of 2015. After developing hunting skills at the Centre, they were released within 15km of where they were found.

Red Throated Loon Release

This loon was rehabilitated through the dedication of staff and volunteers at the Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre Centre. While this loon was released on the Spanish River, it is not a loon that is familiar to us in Northern Ontario. It is the smallest of the loons, and is usually just passing through in the spring on their migration to the Arctic where they breed. They only develop their red throat during breeding season. Their biggest threat is human-made – oil spills.

Credit to Beth Mairs, of BAM North Productions, for the creation of this video and to Lisa Patterson (Roam), musician, for the beautiful music.

Blanding's Turtle Release

This endangered Blanding’s turtle was released after over a year of recovery at Wild at Heart. It initially came in with injuries to its carapace (back) after being hit by a car on the side of the road. After pinning the shell together and cleaning the crack to prevent infections, the turtle was able to be released.

Painted Turtle Release

This painted turtle come in during the summer of 2015 after being hit by a car on the side of the road. Wild at Heart is seeing an increase in the number of turtles brought in that are hit on the side of the road, particularly painted turtles, Blanding’s, and snapping turtles. After his shell was initially treated with an iodine scrub, his shell began to heal and grow back together.

Snapping Turtle Release

This snapping turtle came to Wild at Heart during the summer of 2015 with injuries to its carapace (back shell) after being hit on the highway. Throughout the fall and winter, its shell slowly recovered. It was also moved to a larger cage to discourage escaping, as this snapper loved to move around and make a mess! After seeing this turtle recover for over a year, it was great to release it back in the wild where it belongs.