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 »

Alberta’s Pollinators

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What is pollination? Pollination is how plants and flowers reproduce and obtain the ability to grow seeds, which involves the transfer of pollen (a grain-like substance that contains the “male” gametes) from one flower to another, usually facilitated by other sources, whether abiotic (wind, rain) or biotic (animal dispersal). Some plants are even able to… Read more »

Waterfowl and bread: a good idea?

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Now that the weather is warming up and the ice is thawing, and waterfowl start to return to Alberta, you may see people by the river, feeding bread to the ducks and geese. It may look fun, and you might be tempted to join in, but did you know that feeding animals can sometimes do… Read more »

Hop to it: fun rabbit facts that will put a spring in your step

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Thoughts of springtime are usually accompanied by images of cotton-tailed bunnies munching on verdant buds and freshly grown grass. But there’s more to these hopping carrot lovers than meets the eye. For instance, did you know that hares and rabbits are distinctly different animals? To brush up on your knowledge about these symbols of springtime,… Read more »