The Procyon Post: Volume 6, Issue 5, May 2024

Dear reader,

Signs of spring are all around us and that means we are in full baby season mode! This issue, Jen Howard gives us an update on the animals in our care at the centre.

Annette Bays writes about our beautiful raven, Edgar, and shares some interesting facts about these incredibly intelligent birds!

Elizabeth Trickey's article called Who's Your Daddy? discusses, depending on the species, the role that wildlife fathers do or don't play in the rearing of their babies.

In Helping Wildlife, Jen Howard asks us all an important question. Babies are being born. Animals, amphibians and reptiles are coming out of hibernation. How can we help?

We are still looking for volunteers! The more helping hands we have at the centre, the more orphaned, injured or sick wildlife we can help! It's never too late to volunteer with us as we operate our centre year round, however right now, it's baby season and we can use the extra help!

Should you be interested in volunteering with us, please visit here or contact our volunteer coordinator, Linda Boag-Moores at info@procyonwildlife.com to sign up.

Sincerely,
Procyon Wildlife
HELP is in YOUR hands... IT'S IN ALL OUR HANDS.

April 2024 Animal Updates

April 2024 Animal Updates
Article and photos by Jen Howard

Read Time: Three Minutes

Marc Our first little fox kit of the year arrived April 19th. He was found all alone behind a school. A young boy picked him up and the next day he was brought to the Centre. He was dehydrated and had early signs of mange. Hydrated and medicated for the …

Who’s Your Daddy?

A Mama Raccoon carries one of her little ones up a tree.
Article by Elizabeth Trickey, images by Jen Howard

Read Time: Three Minutes

Spring has arrived, welcoming many infant critters to the world. As these tiny babies snuggle up to momma for warmth and feeding, they wonder where poppa is. OK, maybe not. But, where is he? Who is he?

For most wildlife animals, the male has just one mission - keep the species abundant. Yup, it’s “slam, bam, thank you ma’am". Poppa does his job then moves on, leaving the child-rearing to momma, with not even a crumb of child support.

With squirrels, a female in estrus might mate with several different males. When the babies are born, usually about 3-5 of them, there could be more than one father represented in the litter. Momma does all the work of caring for the young ones until they scoot off at about 3 months of age...

Edgar and Other Ravens

Edgar and Other Ravens
Article and photos by Annette Bays

Read Time: Three Minutes

Do you know how smart ravens are, how agile, and curious? Well, I’d like to tell you a little about these remarkable members of the Corvid family in general, and then more specifically about Procyon’s permanent resident raven, Edgar. To begin with, ravens are as smart as the average seven …

Helping Our Wildlife

Helping Our Wildlife
Article and photos by Jen Howard

Read Time: Three Minutes

Babies are being born. Animals, amphibians and reptiles are coming out of hibernation. How can we help?!

Turtles are coming back after a long hibernation, crossing roads, a bit drowsy and slow. If one is crossing a road and you can safely do so, please move them in the direction …

Two great events this past month at the Tottenham Community and Fitness Centre

Two great events this past month at the Tottenham Community and Fitness Centre
On April 20th, Procyon Wildlife was invited to the Tottenham & Beeton District Chamber of Commence to attend the Home & Artisan Show at our community centre. Thank you so much to the Chamber of Commerce for your hospitality. Members of the public learned about the important role Procyon plays in the community and surrounding areas to help wildlife in …

Bottle Drive

Thanks to Wendy Haugun owner of Tails R Wagging Pet Grooming for offering her place at 8090 Main St in Everett to drop off bottles. Procyon will receive all proceeds from bottles dropped off during the Everett Community Garage Sale.
Bottle Drive

Our Wish List

From time to time, our supporters ask us for a list of items which we may need. Many of these items can be found on our Amazon wish list. To download an electronic version of our Wish List, please click here

Looking for Simple Ways to Help Procyon?

Assemble a wildlife rehab kit!

You can help Procyon Wildlife by donating baby gifts like this Wildlife Baby Rescue Kit . Please call us at 905-729-0033 to make arrangements to drop of these items, or if you prefer, you can make a donation through Canada Helps at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/11600 toward the purchase of these items. Your help would be gratefully accepted.
The value of this kit is between $125 to $150 depending on where you source the items, if you prefer, you can make a donation instead.

Want to Volunteer at Procyon Wildlife?

Baby Season officially starts March 1st! Please consider volunteering with us in the New Year! Ontario wildlife babies will need your help!

NEW VOLUNTEERS APPLY HERE

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS APPLY HERE

INTERN APPLICATION FORM

During baby season wildlife babies need to be fed frequently during the day which is why our first shift goes from 6 am in the morning and our last shift ends at 11 pm at night).
Please volunteer today. Animal care is rewarding. Help is in your hands.

Interested in helping? Become a Hotline Phone Handler!

Thanks to the volunteers who have stepped up, we have been able to extend the hours of our hotline service to Monday through to Sunday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There are few open shifts in the schedule, so please contact us today if you are interested!

ALL TRAINING IS PROVIDED AND YOU CAN WORK FROM HOME!

If you encounter a wild animal that you believe needs help, please call us first at 905.729.0033

If you encounter a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, please call first at 905-729-0033 and leave a message. A volunteer will return your call ASAP and will complete the admitting form over the phone with you.

We currently do not have a rescue team to pick up animals that are injured or in distress. Unfortunately, we do not have the people and money needed to provide this service. Please contact your local animal control, or contact Ontario Wildlife Transport. The animal must already have been contained and arrangements made with us to receive the animal.

Also, please check our map to see if Procyon Wildlife falls within your geographical area. Check the map here. If you are outside of the area, please check this list of Ontario wildlife rehabbers for the one closest to you.
Our telephone lines are operated from 10 am to 5 pm daily. If you are calling outside of business hours, please do not leave multiple messages. You will be called back the following morning. You will be given a phone number to call upon your arrival with strict instructions to be followed.
Thank you for your understanding.

Procyon Wildlife
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Our Mission: Procyon Wildlife is dedicated to working with our communities in an effort to help wild animals in need of care. Our goals are to rescue, rehabilitate and safely release these animals, and to promote public appreciation for wildlife preservation.

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Procyon Wildlife is a Registered Charity* dedicated to rescue, rehabilitate and safely release orphaned and injured wildlife. * Reg Charity # 818086621RR0001