Rehabs in Canada
CWR since 2016
- How long have you been rehabilitating wildlife and what led you to become a wildlife rehabilitator?
I’ve been volunteering in wildlife rehabilitation on and off since 1996, so about 24yrs. I did my veterinary nursing research placement for the centre where I volunteer and the rest is history!
- What is your favorite animal you work with?
Most of the hands-on work I’ve done over the years has been with birds and I do have a special place in my heart for Cedar Waxwings and Northern Gannets. Having said that, I’ve also had the privilege of working with fox, seals and hedgehogs and they also strike a chord here.
- When did you know you wanted to work with wildlife?
I guess I found out I wanted to work with wildlife when I first started working with wildlife! What I mean is that I knew I wanted to work with animals and received my qualifications as an animal health technician (veterinary nurse), but only realized I also wanted to work with wildlife per se when I was put in front of it – I had mainly concentrated on domestic animals at that point. I’ve gotten more involved also because I feel we need to bridge that gap between ‘conventional’ veterinary medicine and wildlife rehabilitation. We need each other but communication is not optimal.
- What is an animal you dream to work with?
I’d love to eventually do more work with bats, opossums and hedgehogs. There are more… the list is long! The more I learn, the more I realize I know nothing and am happy to learn about other species!.
- Do you work with other rehabbers or do you work independently?
I volunteer mostly at Le Nichoir, a licensed wild bird conservation centre in Hudson, Quebec, Canada. I do offer my skills to other centres from time to time.
- Do you work with all species, if no, which groups of animals do you concentrate on?
I concentrate mainly on songbirds and waterfowl at the moment.
- Do you have any pets?
I have a lovely 5 year old Australian Shepherd mixed breed dog name Sir Edouard, or Eddy for short! He keeps me busy. 🙂
- What are some of your hobbies?
My hobbies include travelling, walking and photography – I try to incorporate them all at once when I can. Time is a bit more limited now with my studies in One Health.
- Do you volunteer for other organizations?
I do volunteer for other organizations when I can and the opportunity comes along. I’ve done some volunteering with wildlife centres for organizations like the HSUS and the RSPCA. I do hope to get more involved with the IWRC and my provincial veterinary technician association at some point. (That will be after my masters is finished.)
- If you could travel anywhere in the world specifically for wildlife sighting, where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere in the world specifically for wildlife sighting… what kind of a question is this? 😉 SOOOOO many places!!! Top of mind right now would be the Isle of May off the coast of Scotland, to go sit amongst the puffins and be surrounded by the sweet sound of a massive amount of birds and waves crashing on cliffs below – such a grounding and humbling experience. Nature is wonderful and so therapeutic.