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“Dine & Donate” Fundraisers for Wild at Heart

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Help fundraise for Wild at Heart while getting a great meal! When you eat at the Taphouse Northern Grill + Pub or Boston Pizza, sign the bottom of your receipt with “Wild at Heart” and drop it in the receipt box in the front entrance. The box is attached to the hostess booth right at the front entrance. If you can’t find the box, use the terminology “fundraising or team program”, or leave your receipts with a manager.

Wild at Heart will get a proceed from every bill! This fundraiser never expires, so remember to sign your receipt every time you go!

Raise Ur Paw #LetsGoOrange Campaign

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In 2016,  Raise Ur Paw made a contribution of $500.00 to Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre because of the work we do in rehabilitating Northern Ontario’s sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.
Raise Ur Paw is starting their awareness ribbon and #LetsGoOrange Campaign this April, with partial proceeds going to Wild at Heart. This campaign will include a t-shirt campaign and awareness ribbons which will not only be displayed for surrounding communities, but also via social media (Raise Ur Paw’s Facebook, Twitter).
From these campaigns, contributions gained will not only help with Raise Ur Paw’s efforts to raise awareness and help the voiceless, but to also help Wild at Heart and our vision to advance the health and well-being of our wildlife, community, and natural environment.

Please considering participating in this campaign by visiting Raise Ur Paw’s website here. The campaign is live for the next 2 weeks here.

Do You Have A Room to Billet?

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Wild at Heart is looking for close-by accommodations for our volunteer animal care interns. Many interns travel from around the world to gain hands-on wildlife experience at our Centre, and we would like to accommodate as many of them as possible! We are looking for rooms for billet between May-August 2017 – any time commitment is appreciated!

If you can help, please contact us at mail@wahrefugecentre.org

Preview Wild at Heart’s Education Workshops

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Ever wonder what you learn in a Wild at Heart education workshop?

For the past few months, Wild at Heart has been working hard to create engaging and Ontario-curriculum linked workshops that are suitable for ages 4+. We have presented to classrooms, daycare groups, Girl Guides and Scouts groups, senior’s centres, and at community events like Roots & Shoots at Science North, and at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal. Our volunteers deliver presentations from 30 – 120 minutes in length in both English and French, and come to your group to present. Workshops include a PowerPoint presentation filled with animal care stories, videos, and photos, followed by a question period and activity.

Watch our new education workshop promotional video here.

To learn more about our education workshops, and book one, click here.

WAH to booth at Seedy Saturday March 4th, 2017

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Come visit us Saturday, March 4th for Seedy Saturday at the Parkside Centre! We’ll be talking about the importance of pollinators, and how you can get involved with our new pollinator bed and education area!

Learn more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/SudburySeedySaturday2017/

Scout Ventures – Jan. 19/17 Education Workshop

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Wild at Heart had a great night with the Scout Ventures for an education workshop on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. After a presentation introducing Wild at Heart and some of the animals we’ve cared for, the Ventures broke into small groups (below):

 

Our education volunteers Amanda (L), Anna, and Sarah (R) led workshop activities that focused on x-ray analysis, water pollution and remediation, and bioaccumulation of pesticides in top predators like bald eagles. The volunteers have all volunteered as animal care interns for Wild at Heart, so they were able to answer any questions the Scouts and leaders had. Thank you for your hard work ladies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students learned about the effect urbanization and farming can have on a water system, and how seemingly harmless individual actions can have a cumulative negative effect (below).

 
Wild at Heart’s workshops are aligned with the Ontario Curriculum for Science and Technology, Arts, and Social Studies for grades 1-9, and include a PowerPoint, photos and videos of the animals in our care, and an interactive component if you prefer (activity, game, or craft). These presentations are 30- and 60- minutes long. Each workshop attendee should bring an item off our online wishlist or $5.

Available workshops:

  • Birds – waterfowl, corvids, songbirds, and raptors (species of special concern spotlight: bald eagle)
  • Turtles – threatened species spotlight (Blanding’s turtle)
  • Mammals – local species, habitat destruction
  • Ecosystem management – pollution, urban wildlife interactions, pesticides
  • Veterinary care – activities around wing wraps, casts, physiotherapy, x-rays, parasites, and medication. Generally presented to older ages.
  • Pollinators – focus on declining honeybee and monarch populations in Canada
  • General animal care – introduction to Wild at Heart. Can be used for starting a school fundraising campaign.

If you are interested in a school or community group presentation, please contact mail@wahrefugecentre.org. We try our best to accommodate presentation requests between 8am-8pm. French presentations may be available.

FedNor Press Conference – January 18, 2017

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Wild at Heart is grateful to announce a $95,000 grant received from FedNor. This grant will be used to enhance our education and eco-tourism scope, including the addition of live streaming, increased accessibility to our Centre, and exhibits in the education centre.

Thank you to the Maria and everyone at the Lively Tim Horton’s for their donation of coffee and donuts for the press release.

 

Thank you Ramakko’s Source for Adventure!

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Wild at Heart would like to thank Brian, Madison, and everyone at Ramakko’s Source for Adventure for their hard work in making our holiday sale such a huge success! Through the sales of bird houses, suet feeders, cards, and our 2017 calendars, Ramakko’s was able to raise over $800, with 100% of the proceeds going to Wild at Heart. This money is incredibly important as we head into our busy spring season, where this money will buy specialized diets, bedding, and medical supplies for the hundreds of orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife Wild at Heart admits every year.

Thank you Ramakko’s!

NEW Education Workshops

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Our education committee hosts workshops in classrooms and community groups like Girl Guides and Boy Scouts. Our workshops are aligned with the Ontario Curriculum for Science and Technology, Arts, and Social Studies for grades 1-9, and include a PowerPoint, photos and videos of the animals in our care, and an interactive component if you prefer (game or craft). These presentations are 30- and 60- minutes long. Each workshop attendee should bring an item off our online wishlist or $5.

Workshops available include:

  • Birds – waterfowl, corvids, songbirds, and raptors (species of special concern spotlight: bald eagle)
  • Turtles – threatened species spotlight (Blanding’s turtle)
  • Mammals – local species, habitat destruction
  • Ecosystem management – pollution, urban wildlife interactions, pesticides
  • Veterinary care – activities around wing wraps, casts, physiotherapy, x-rays, parasites, and medication. Generally presented to older ages.
  • Pollinators – focus on declining honeybee and monarch populations in Canada
  • General animal care – introduction to Wild at Heart. Can be used for starting a school fundraising campaign.

If you are interested in a school or community group presentation, please contact mail@wahrefugecentre.org. We try our best to accommodate presentation requests between 8am-8pm. French presentations may be available.

 

Apply: Feb.-Sept. 2017 Animal Care Internships

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ANIMAL CARE INTERNSHIPS APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre is now looking for interns from February – September 2016.

Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to the care of a wide variety of orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife. The centre admits over 750 animals per year and works closely with a team of veterinarians. Wild at Heart is located in a small northern Ontario town, Lively, 15 km west of Sudbury, with access to public transportation. We offer a friendly fast paced learning opportunity in a climate controlled work environment. Facilities include access to a kitchenette, wireless Internet, and limited free on-¬site accommodations. Food costs are not included.

Internship Duration:
All intern positions are voluntary and full time. Position duration varies from a minimum of 2 months up to maximum of 6 months, 5 days per week, 40-50 hours per week. Schedule is rotating and includes days, evenings and weekends. Preference will be given to intern applicants dedicated to internships longer than 2 months. Internships for the busy season will run anywhere between April to September.

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Position Descriptions:

Animal care Internship:
The successful interns will gain valuable practical experience in wildlife rehabilitation techniques while caring for a variety of native mammals, birds, and reptiles. Duties include animal admissions, diet preparation and feeding, cage cleaning, medication administration, wound management, and other daily care needs of the wildlife patients. No experience is necessary, but commitment to the duration of the internship is required.

Animal Care Leader Internship:
Intern leaders are involved in all of the above, with more focus on management of a particular species such as squirrels, raccoons, or songbirds. Leaders would be responsible for their assigned species, including monitoring health of individuals and assisting in mentoring of other interns and volunteers. Experience in wildlife rehabilitation techniques is advisable. The minimum length of the animal care leader internship is 4 months or longer, depending on the species of interest.

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Qualifications:
* At least 18 years of age
* Commitment to the length of the internship
* Must be reliable, very dedicated, able to multi¬-task, and commit to work hours according to the needs of the animals.
* Also able to perform repetitive, physically demanding tasks in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
* Criminal background check may be requested.

Accommodations
We provide on-site accommodations, but these are limited and are reserved quickly. There is a kitchen, sitting area, two washrooms as well as shared bedrooms. Please state on your application whether or not you would like to be considered for accommodations.
To Apply: Please email resume with cover letter explaining why you are interested in joining our rehabilitation team (please include start and end dates available and specify which position you are applying for) to:

mail@wahrefugecentre.org

* SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE

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