Going Batty – The Little Brown Bat

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The little brown bat, or Myotis lucifugus is the most common bat in Alberta. Aptly named for its size and colour, the little brown bat weighs approximately 8.5 grams and is light brown to reddish or dark brown in colour. Their ears and wings are dark brown to black, and their wings generally lack fur…. Read more »

Alberta Wildlife Recoveries: Ord’s Kangaroo Rat

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What are Ord’s kangaroo rats? Ord’s kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ordii) is a subspecies of kangaroo rat native to western North America, including parts of southern Alberta and central Mexico (Patton 2005). Kangaroo rats have elongated tails with bushy tips, and belong to the family Heteromyidae (kangaroo rats and mice). They derive their name from the… Read more »

A Tale of Two Beavers

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In June of 2016, a baby beaver was found on a Calgary-area golf course, alone and with an injured tail. The baby beaver, who was estimated to be between four and six weeks old, was taken to AIWC for care.   Beavers remain close to their young for several years, so it was unusual to… Read more »

Baby Fever!

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Spring has sprung, and this means one of AIWC’s busiest seasons has arrived! Through spring and summer, AIWC will admit hundreds of new patients, many of them babies. Many babies that will be admitted will be orphaned or injured, but some are taken by well-intentioned members of the public when the babies are not actually… Read more »

Our Smelly Neighbour – The Striped Skunk

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Of the four skunk species that live in North America, the striped skunk Mephitis mephitis is the most common and is the only one of the four that lives in Alberta.   Striped skunks can be found across the province but they are most commonly found in settled central and southern areas. They inhabit farmlands, grasslands… Read more »