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Alberta Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale needs financial support

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The Alberta Birds of Prey Centre has received many reports of snowy owls in the region this winter.

Volunteer bird lovers and staff are still very busy receiving injured birds that are found by caring people, including a starving snowy owl from Medicine Hat, a wing-injured bald eagle from Pincher Creek and a grounded great horned owl from Lethbridge.
Even though the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre is closed for the season, since it is southern Alberta’s only wildlife rescue centre volunteers are kept busy even through the Christmas holidays.
The work goes on seven days a week at the Coaldale centre as many of the birds still need to be fed and cared for throughout the winter.
Centre volunteers are also on-call to receive queries about injured birds with some calls even arriving on Christmas day.
“When we answer the phone in the evenings or holidays like Christmas day, callers are truly amazed and delighted to hear someone answer the phone,” Colin Weir, the centre’s managing director said.
“Yes, we even answer the phone Christmas day,” Weir added. “Regardless of the time of day or night if people care enough to make the effort to help a bird in distress we also try our best to answer the phone call for help. If on a rare occasion the call goes to voice mail, we usually return calls the same day, even at the very least with just some advice about what to do.”
Fall is usually a time when most birds are released back to the wild. If injured creatures are not ready to go before winter, they often have to be kept until the warmer weather arrives in the spring.
It increases their chances for survival in the wild if birds can be released during milder weather when their prey such as mice and gophers are more readily available.
As a donor sponsored organization, the centre receives no government operating subsidies so donations this time of year are appreciated.
To receive a 2015 tax receipt for income tax purposes a donation must be received by the foundation no later than Dec. 31.
Donations can be made over the phone, at www.burrowingowl.com or by mail to Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation, 2124 16th Ave., Coaldale, Alta., T1M 1J8.
If anyone finds an injured bird or wishes to help the centre with a donation, contact managing director Colin Weir at 403-345-4262.

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