UPEI celebrates national wildlife wee

By Tori Vail

April 13, 2016

Wildlife can be important for an educational purpose, says a wildlife technician at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC).

As a part of National Wildlife Week, Fiep de Bie spoke to students at UPEI.

National Wildlife Week is held on the birth date of the late Jack Miner, co-founder of Canada’s conservation movement.

Department of community affair, Parks Canada and the general public bring the wildlife to AVC, said De Bie.

“Wildlife rescue and transportation prepare a container/box, capture the animal and minimize stress during transportation.”

Wildlife can be admitted to the AVC by a number of different traumas to the animal, De Bie said.

“It can be from an attack of another animal, hit by car, window strikes, abandoned babies or lead poisoning.

“Students can learn from the individual mammal, conservation, health of our ecosystem and share vital information,” she said.

Once the animal is brought in, it undergoes a treatment plan, said De Bie.

“First we identify the species and its body condition. We make sure the animal is stabilized first.”

“The physical exam, wound care, possible blood work, treatment plan and X-ray happens all within 24 hours,” she said.

You can help wildlife by enhancing your garden. Plant native trees and shrubs, De Bie said.

“You can also support organizations such as the Canadian Wildlife Federation,” she said.

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Jamie Stride, a falconer, said he trains wildlife such as falcons and vultures.

 

“I need the bird to come back to me while I am training it, so I usually train them when they are hungry,” he said.

The birds do not starve, Stride said.

“We weigh the birds daily, sometimes multiple times so we know how they are doing health wise,” he said.

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