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- Holiday Giving Season is Here!
Over the next two months, we'll be sharing some of this year's patient stories with you, starting with this orphaned bobcat kit. At just a month old, she somehow got separated from her mom and was found beside the train tracks in the city. Learn more here: https://www.calgarywildlife.org/holiday-wildlife We also have some unique ways for you to help injured and orphaned wildlife this holiday season. Win up to $10,000 with our Holiday 50/50 Cash Raffle! Learn more here: https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/calgarywildlife And an amazing Holiday Auction, perfect for your early Christmas shopping. This year's auction has something for everyone! From some delectable dining packages, to numerous gorgeous pieces of art, to some pampering, beauty, and relaxation packages, you'll find something for everyone on your shopping list. YOU can help wildlife in need by getting a head start on your holiday shopping! The auction runs from November 14th-December 12th, place your bids here: https://mobilbid.co/o/837/en/auctions Make sure to keep up to date with our campaign here: https://www.calgarywildlife.org/holiday
- November is Owl Month!
November is Owl month here at Calgary Wildlife! This month we will be posting about all things OWL related for your awareness and learning pleasure, including divulging some awesome adaptations and common misconceptions. Alberta is home to several owl species, they come in all shapes and sizes: Small owls: Northern Saw-Whet owl, Burrowing owl, Boreal owl Medium owls: Short-eared owl, Long-eared owl, Northern hawk owl Large owls: Great Gray owl, Barred owl, Snowy owl, Great Horned owl Fun Fact: The Great Horned Owl is Alberta's official bird Stay tuned for more information about these majestic birds coming all this month. Time for 5 fun facts about OWLS! - Owls are (mostly) nocturnal predators and rely on stealth, excellent hearing, and eyesight to catch their prey with their sharp talons - Owls can’t move their eyes and instead move their heads to see different areas and angles - Great Horned Owls can hear a mouse under 4 ft of snow! - Owls can fly silently thanks to the outer edge of their wings being soft - Owls cannot digest fur and bones and instead regurgitate them in pellets to clear them from their system Coming next week, we will be debunking some common OWL myths! There is no doubt that owls are fascinating and beautiful birds, but for our last OWL month post, let's debunk some common OWL myths. Are Owls are truly wise? Are all Owls nocturnal? Can Owls really turn their heads all the way around? Read on to find out! Myth: Owls are wise Reality: Owls are often seen as wise due to their large eyes, resolute posture and relative silence. Owls are good at doing what they need to do to survive in the wild, but they are often stubborn when it comes to trying to train them to do things in captivity, such as with our education animals. Myth: All owls are nocturnal Reality: A large proportion of owls are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night, but not all are. A few owls are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day, and some others are crepuscular, meaning they are active at dawn and dusk. Active times do not mean that the owl sleeps the rest of the time; owls tend to be alert but take naps here and there when they are not active. Myth: Owls can turn their heads all the way around Reality: The answer can be yes or no, depending on the starting point of the head, so some clarification is required. If the starting point of the head is facing straight forward, then no, they cannot turn their heads all the way around. If YOU start out facing forward and turn your head as far to the side as your head will go, most people can turn their heads about 90 degrees. An owl, however, can start out facing forward, turn its bill over its shoulder, keep going until its bill is over its spine, then keep going until the bill reaches the other shoulder...a whopping 270 degrees from the front! Information courtesy of https://www.internationalowlcenter.org/ Ophelia, the great horned owl is our resident educational owl who came to Calgary Wildlife in 2007 with a broken wing. The fracture healed but there were complications. Ophelia inspires thousands of children and adults every year, helping to create awareness around wildlife issues. Please consider sponsoring Ophelia by giving towards her and other permanent resident care at https://www.calgarywildlife.org/permanent-residents
- October is Bat Month!
October is Bat Month here at Calgary Wildlife! This month we will be posting about all things Bat related for your awareness and learning pleasure, including dispelling some common myths. Did you know that all of the bats in Alberta and Canada are insectivores? Bats are the main predators of flying nocturnal insects, this includes the pesky mosquitos. A single little brown bat is capable of eating the equivalent of its weight in insects, about 600 per hour, in just one night! Bats not only play an important role in natural ecosystems, but they are also very important to us humans. Bats eat MOSQUITOS and some of the insects they feed on are very harmful to the agriculture and forestry sectors too. So remember, having bats near your house or cabin is a natural and effective way to reduce the number of unwanted insects in your immediate surroundings without resorting to insecticides. Did you know that Alberta is home to 9 species of bats? Those species are: - Hoary bat - Eastern red bat - Silver-haired bat - Big brown bat - Little brown bat - Long-legged myotis - Northern Long-eared bat - Long-eared bat - Western small-footed bat Alberta’s bats are luckily abundant and very important to the healthy functioning of our ecosystems, but did you know that not all of them stay here year round? While 6 of our species do stay in Alberta through our cold winters and hibernate, 3 of them migrate long distances to avoid it. Time to bust some common bat myths! Our little furry friends get a bad rap sometimes, so it only seems fitting that during bat month we help to set the record straight. Myth: Bats are blind BUSTED! Bats’ eyes are small and sometimes poorly developed, but they work just fine. While most bats mainly hunt by echolocation, they can still see just fine. Using this system, bats send out sound waves and listen for the echo to bounce off insects and other objects. Myth: All bats have rabies BUSTED! According to Bat stats in Alberta , less than 1% of bats in the wild have rabies. That said, as with any wild animal, don't handle bats unless it's necessary. Myth: Bats want to fly into and nest in people's hair BUSTED! Bats hang upside down from their roosts and tend to drop down and flap their wings before they start to lift off in flight and possibly could get caught up in people's hair. They also may fly around people because of the insects that are around people (insects are attracted to the carbon exhaled by humans) as they'll want to catch insects to eat. Myth: Bats want to suck people's blood BUSTED! While one actual bat species, vampire bats have been known to bite people, they primarily feed on cattle. The majority of bats eat insects. Myth: Bats aren't useful BUSTED! Like bees, bats are pollinators. Bats are responsible for dispersing seeds that grow into nearly 300 other plant species. By chowing down on thousands of bugs each night, bats also act as a natural pest control for plants.
- Contact | Calgary Wildlife
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- Resources and Articles | Calgary Wildlife
Line separator RESOURCES AND ARTICLES Search Calgary Wildlife Website: Wildlife Fact Sheets Birds American Coot (Fulica americana) American Robin (Turdus migratorius) American White Pelican (Pelecanus Eurthrorhynchos) Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Barred Owl (Strix varia) Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) Blue-winged Teal (Anis discors) Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus) Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) Bufflehead Duck (Bucephala albeola) Burrowing Owl (Athene cunnicularia) Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) House Finch (Haemorphous mexianus) House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) Northern Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium gnoma) Mallard (Anas platyrhynchs) Merlin (Falco columbarius) Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis maculria) Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) Mammals American Beaver (Castor canadensis) Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Cougar (Puma concolor) Little Brown Bat (Myotic lucifugus) North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) Muskrat (Ondatra zibehticus) Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) Richardson’s Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus richardsonii) Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) American-Beaver American-Coot American-Robin American-White-Pelican Bald-Eagle Barred-Owl Black-billed-Magpie Black-capped-Chickadee Blue-winged-Teal Bobcat Boreal-Chickadee Boreal-Owl Brown-Creeper Bufflehead-Duck Burrowing-Owl Canada-Goose Common-Redpoll Cougar House-Finch House-Sparrow Little-Brown-Bat Mallard Merlin Mountain-Chickadee Muskrat North-American-Porcupine Northern-Flicker Northern-Pygmy-Owl Red-Crossbill Red-Fox Richardsons-Ground-Squirrel Rock-Pigeon Ruby-Throated-Hummingbird Snowy-Owl Spotted-Sandpiper Striped-Skunk Tundra-Swan FAQ Page Finding Wildlife Living with Wildlife
- Holiday Giving Campaign | Calgary Wildlife
SAVE LOCAL WILDLIFE Help save injured and orphaned wildlife, like this Northern Hawk Owl, by getting them the care and treatment they need to be released back to the wild where they belong. A donation of just $100 is enough to cover a day's worth of food and medications for all of our patients. Meet Our Northern Hawk Owl DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT - DONATE TODAY SILENT AUCTION 50/50 CASH RAFFLE Thank you to our generous sponsors: