What do birds eat and how do they eat it?

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Have you ever wondered what a bird eats in the wild? Obviously bread is not found in the wild, nor should it EVER, under ANY circumstance be fed to a wild bird (see https://www.aiwc.ca/do-not-feed-the-ducks/). So what do they eat? How do their diets differ in the winter than in the summer? Also, how do they… Read more »

What’s in a Name? Comparing the Rabbit and the Hare

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Although the terms “rabbit” and “hare” are often used interchangeably, did you know that rabbits and hares are actually different animals? While both animals belong to the same family, Leporidae, they are actually different species. Hares are typically larger, with longer ears, and are less social than rabbits. Rabbits live in colonies, which is why… Read more »

All About Biodiversity

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What is biodiversity? Biodiversity can be defined as the variability of all living organisms in all ecosystems (including terrestrial, marine, etc.) and the ecological functions and complexes that they contribute to (UN 1992, WWF) (fig.1). The term was coined from the field of conservation biology, during the “National Forum of Biodiversity” in 1985, and the… Read more »

Calgary’s Best Winter Walks

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There are exactly 21 days left until the first day of spring (but who’s counting) and while you wait for warmer weather, here’s a list of a few parks in Calgary that are perfect for enjoying even when the weather is less than warm and sunny. Fish Creek Provincial Park This massive park in Calgary’s… Read more »

A Tour of AIWC’s Enclosures

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One of the most critical components to a successful rehabilitation and release of a wild animal in AWIC’s care is the enclosures we keep them in.  When a patient is admitted, they are given a full examination by the vet and/or vet technicians on staff that day and usually placed in one of the smaller… Read more »