Who We Are

Since 1993, Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) has been a champion for injured and orphaned wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and release. Since our founding, we have admitted more than 32,000 animals into care. We believe our responsibility to wildlife includes an educational component that emphasizes the importance of environmental protection, and as such, AIWC offers engaging public education programs to inform all ages of the importance of wildlife to our ecosystem and way of life.

As a trusted Canadian-registered charity, we are permitted by federal and provincial governments to care for wildlife in need. In addition, we are an accredited veterinary hospital through the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, which allows us to provide high standards of care to our wildlife patients. We are funded entirely by donations.

AIWC is open year-round to care for wildlife in need. Our mission is supported by six full-time staff, part-time staff,  an incredible team of 125+ volunteers, and over 250 active memberships. Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for animal care.

Our Vision

Preserving the legacy of wildlife.

Our Mission

AIWC is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned wildlife. We provide expert advice and education that fosters an appreciation of wildlife. Learn more about patient success stories, wildlife facts, wildlife education or give now.

History of AIWC

1993

AIWC was officially incorporated as Rockyview Wildlife Recovery

1993

April 1994

First official patient admitted, a Red-tailed Hawk with a fractured radius (bone in wing) and suffering from emaciation.

April 1994

1995

Westcott Church moved from Didsbury, Alberta, and transformed into a wildlife hospital where it still resides today. Quarterly newsletter, Recovery Review, is started and continues to this day!

1995

1996

First outdoor flight cage for raptors is built.

1996

1998

First outdoor flight enclosure for songbirds is built.

1998

1999

The organization’s first website goes live and the deer/moose enclosure is built.

1999

2004

Name is changed to Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

2004

2005

AIWC staff and volunteers respond to the the Wabamun Lake oil spill of 2005,

2005

2009

AIWC receives accreditation from Alberta Veterinary Medical Association becomes an accredited veterinary hospital.

2009

2009

The annex building is added to the property, to be used for offices, meetings, and staff and volunteer training.

2009

2012

AIWC staff and volunteers respond to the Plains Midfield Glennifer Lake pipeline spill.

2012

2015

AIWC purchases the land it has resided on since 1993, securing a long-term future for the organization.

2015

2015

AIWC’s first children’s book, Scared Skunk, is launched.

2015

2016

Inter Pipeline Ltd.’s Aquatic Bird Building opens, featuring three large recovery pools for waterbirds.

2016

2017

Several new outdoor enclosures are built to support the growing demand for AIWC’s services. Aerial Insectivore enclosures (for recovering bats and swallows), sponsored by Airdrie Rotary Club and Imperial Oil. Inter Pipeline Ltd.’s outdoor waterfowl enclosure, and Inter Pipeline Ltd.’s Aquatic Mammal Enclosure (for beavers and otters).

2017

April 2018

Celebrated 25 years of providing care to orphaned and injured wildlife and serving as a resource for wildlife questions and concerns.

April 2018

2019

Obtained our permit to rehabilitate black bear cubs from the province and successfully rehabilitated and released our first black bear cub patient under the new protocol. The Board of Directors and the Executive Director created a new Strategic Plan to determine AIWC’s goals and guide our operations. Finally, the completion of our Wildlife Emergency Response Unit, sponsored by Inter Pipeline Ltd., to support injured and orphaned wildlife impacted by disaster events and act as an overflow recovery space as needed.

2019

2020

AIWC is deemed an essential service and continues to operate daily amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.

2020