Mysterious, Mischievous Minks

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At the end of March, AIWC welcomed an unexpected visitor. For the first time in about ten years, a mink made an appearance. This new patient was found near Brooks with a swollen eye and has been admitted as a patient. So what’s the deal with minks in Alberta? What is a mink anyway?! Let… Read more »

Reducing Wildlife Yard Hazards

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Spring has finally arrived, and with spring comes migratory song birds and a new generation of wildlife. Spring is one of the busiest times for AIWC. We see an increase in patient numbers as the breeding season begins due to things such as human-wildlife conflict, incidents with domesticated house pets, and other man-made hazards. There… Read more »

Wildfires and Wildlife

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Photo credit: Winnipeg Free Press Last year in Alberta, on May 1st, 2016, the largest ever wildfire evacuation took place with thousands of residents from Fort McMurray fleeing south along highway 63 towards Edmonton and Calgary. Many people had no choice but to abandon everything, as the flames quickly grew out of control. Many more… Read more »

Greater Sage Grouse

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Alberta is home to a number of grouse species including the blue grouse, ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, spruce grouse, and the greater sage grouse. The greater sage grouse is one of the most impressive and most threatened varieties. As one of the largest grouse species and with males sporting a spiked fanning tail, the greater… Read more »

Small but Sharp: The Northern Saw-Whet Owl

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  Right now, AIWC is caring for a tiny, feathered critter with bright, yellow eyes. The Northern Saw-whet owl is known for their small size, over sized head and cat-like face. But what they lack in size, they make up for in attitude! Northern Saw-whet owls are a mottled brown colour with white-coloured facial disks… Read more »