We always find it interesting to track the intakes of species over the years – where are they coming from, why are they admitted, and if we could release them back into the wild. From December 2008-June 2017, Wild at Heart admitted 16 Loons, of which 9 were released back into the wild! About half were admitted injured (legs, wings), while the other half were admitted because the loon had mistaken a road for a body of water. Once they landed on the pavement, they were unable to achieve flight again as loons need a long body of water to flap on before they fly (on account of their weight and odd body shape). These loons were examined, and once they were cleared by our staff, were returned to a large body of water near where they were found!
We always find it interesting to track the intakes of species over the years – where are they coming from, why are they admitted, and if we could release them back into the wild. From July 2008-June 2017, Wild at Heart admitted 23 American Kestrels (pictured), of which 14 were released back into the wild! Many were orphaned, had injured wings, and some where hit by vehicles and planes.
Another great paint night led by local artist, Debra Lynn Ireland! Fourteen people attended the snowy owl painting night and we got 14 different and wonderful looking snowy owls!
Thank you to Debra and for everyone who attended our paint nights this year; what a success they were! We held four in 2018 – moose, red fox, raccoon, and snowy owl! We hope to host some more in 2019.
Click here to see the full photo album from the event.
Wild at Heart simply wouldn’t be able to operate without the help of our volunteers. Each year, we have individuals donate their talents and time to help with animal care, construction, education, gardening, and fundraising. Our volunteers are what make Wild at Heart such a special place to be a part of.
We kindly ask that you consider donating to Wild at Heart to help us continue rehabilitating Northern Ontario’s sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife into 2019. Click here to donate.
Thank you to Judy Miller (not pictured), Normand Raymond, Justin Morgan, and Shi Xiao Xue for spending over 2 hours to catch this duck!! With injuries to the lower part of its wing, it was still able to flap its wings, and walk around on the thin ice around Ramsey Lake, making it hard to catch! Now the duck is safely in our care where it can take time to recover. Thank you, Justin, for calling our Centre for help! If you find an animal in distress, please call our Centre at 705-692-4478.
You can help this duck’s recovery by donating here.
What a great PD Day at Wild at Heart! Fourteen children ages 7-14 attended to learn about Wild at Heart, Northern Ontario owl species, pollinator species, and use Ozobots! Thank you to Delta Bingo and Gaming and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for supporting this event.
Students learn about Northern Ontario owl species, like the Great Horned Owl, and Saw Whet Owl.
Dissecting owl pellets and drawing food webs!
Making posters to encourage people to protect different animal species (left and below), and getting Ozobots to act as pollinators and get from one flower to another using different code patterns.
Just in time for winter, you can purchase wood duck, American Kestrel/Saw Whet Owl, bat, swallow, squirrel, and barred owl nest boxes, Thank you to the shop class at Lively District Secondary School for donating their time to make these nest boxes! Go Hawks!
Purchase the boxes here.
Join Dawn Condon Connected Living and Wild at Heart, Saturday, December 8th! Dawn is hosting two classes – 10am for adults, and 11:30am for kids. We’ll be at both classes, and you can meet Critical Critters’ red-eared slider turtle at the 11:30am class!
$10 donation/person is suggested, with proceeds going to Wild at Heart’s animal care costs. RSVP here.
Join Wild at Heart, and local artist Debra Lynn Ireland, for a paint night, December 14th, 2018 from 6:30-10pm! Participants will have the opportunity to paint one of the snowy owls cared for in 2018 (from a photograph) using acrylic under Debra’s instruction. All materials will be provided, and participants will be able to take their completed piece home with them. This paint night will take place in Wild at Heart’s education centre, and costs $40 per person. Spots are limited so book yours early! Tickets here.
This event is proudly sponsored by Barrydowne Paint.
Artist Biography: Debra Lynn Ireland, is a local artist from the Beaver Lake community. Debra studied graphic design in Toronto and soon after began her career as a wildlife artist. Working with pencil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel her art is driven by a love of both nature and wildlife. Debra has been awarded and recognized by numerous organizations including Ducks Unlimited, Endangered Species Fund of Canada, and the Japan Wildlife Centre. She also donates her art locally, to Wild at Heart, Pet Save, SPCA, Sudbury Food Bank and many others. Debra has taught art classes for children and adults, usually with a wildlife theme, but prefers to have the student pick from their own inspiration.
View Debra’s website here: www.animalartist.ca