Author Archives: Christine Birkett

Back to the Wild

By Kate MacNeil, Education Coordinator, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre – www.wildlifeinfo.ca View PDF Last week we introduced you to the story of two orphaned river otters. We left off with the realization that we were going to make every effort possible … Continue reading

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Crash Course in Otter Care

By Kate MacNeil, Education Coordinator, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre – www.wildlifeinfo.ca View PDF It has been 13 years since I met my first river otter and it was love at first sight. From the moment the Centre’s first pair of otters … Continue reading

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Orphaned Fishers

By Kate MacNeil, Education Coordinator, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre – www.wildlifeinfo.ca View PDF In the spring of 2002 we got a call about a dead adult fisher on the side of the Thomas Dolan Parkway, near a bridge by the wetlands. … Continue reading

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Surviving Against the Odds

By Karyn Jones, Former Coordinator, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre, www.wildlifeinfo.ca View PDF Karyn worked at the Centre first as a Wildlife Intern and then as Coordinator in the mid-90’s. This is her story. When the coyote pup was brought to the … Continue reading

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Motherhood for Squirrels is a Demanding Job

By Donna DuBreuil, President, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre, www.wildlifeinfo.ca View PDF The female squirrels that were seen resting on the fence rail at the Wildlife Centre during June were looking pretty tuckered out. It was no wonder, after caring for up … Continue reading

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The Rabbit and the Whipper Snipper

By Donna DuBreuil, President, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre – www.wildlifeinfo.ca We remember well the animals we cared for when doing wildlife rehabilitation, particularly the ones that had a run in with one of our human contraptions and lived to tell the … Continue reading

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Our Own Little Bear

By Kate MacNeil, Education Coordinator, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre – www.wildlifeinfo.ca View PDF The call came one Friday afternoon from a young lady who said she found a bear cub. An adult had been recently killed on the road near by. … Continue reading

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Special Lunch Guests

By Kate MacNeil Education Coordinator, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre – www.wildlifeinfo.ca View PDF The spring of 2000 was a record year for the number of fawns we received at the Centre. Due to the special requirements of fawns and the limited … Continue reading

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One Tiny Skunk

By Kate MacNeil, Education Coordinator, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre – www.wildlifeinfo.ca View PDF Although we no longer do wildlife rehabilitation, the animals we have cared for are never far from our minds. We hope by sharing their stories, you will come … Continue reading

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The Woodchuck and the Teddy Bear

By Donna DuBreuil, President, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre – www.wildlifeinfo.ca View PDF Well-known Canadian naturalist, Barry Kent MacKay, refers to woodchucks (Marmota monax) as the little ‘Mennonites of the Meadow’ because they are pacifists that live a peaceful life and do … Continue reading

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