Volume 4, Issue 1 January 2022

Winter Visitors and Wildlife Behaviour

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article and images by Jennifer Howard

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. I don’t know about you, but I’m really hoping the year 2022 is going to get better. It’s been a tough couple of years. However, life goes on regardless and weather plays a big part in that for some of us. So far, the weather all over the world has been the worst. Floods, tornados, mudslides, wildfires, and windstorms. You name it. So many casualties. So very sad.
This article discusses the trials we humans have created for our wildlife friends who visit us for winter. Some birds end up staying late as well before they head south to warm climates because our weather just isn’t the way it used to be. Cold. And some just get caught and don’t get away. In fact, a couple of birds, a Baltimore oriole, and a few years ago a hummingbird actually survived because of human interventions. Because they refused to let these poor birds die. And they succeeded in getting them through. Win-win.

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Who am I?

by guest writer, Ed Taccone with photos by Jennifer Howard

I am a native critter and soon I will be sound asleep. I am a Canadian Black Bear, and I spent my time this past autumn preparing for a long winter rest, having consumed 30,000 calories a day. Yes, many of my wildlife species friends will spend the winter in
hibernation, and depending on some of my friends' habitats, some may hibernate shorter or longer than I do. Since I am an expert on hibernation from all my species friends, I can tell you I know three types of hibernation, true hibernation, brumation and torpor.

True Hibernation: is characterized by low body temperature, slow breathing, low heart rate, and a low metabolic rate. In this reduced state of activity, these animals conserve energy during the long, cold winter months when there is little food available. During true hibernation, some of my friends will not wake up even if there is a loud noise or if they are moved or touched. If I were you though, should you humans happen to come across me and my friends in some form of hibernation do not attempt to “disturb” us. You see, we do not use “do not disturb” signs.

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We are looking for Grant Writers!

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Want to help? But not interested in animal care? We are looking for volunteers for our Grant Writing Committee.

There are many aspects to keeping a wildlife rehab centre like Procyon operational and one way is by raising funds through Grant Writing.

We are currently looking for volunteers to step forward to form our Grant Writing Committee. The purpose of this Committee is to review and make applications to organizations, foundations and charities that might be interested in providing grants to Procyon Wildlife.

Skill Set Required for Volunteer Grant Reviewer (not a paid position):
  • Computer literate;
  • Need to devote a minimum of 4 hours per week;
  • Able to work on your own without supervision - self-motivated;
  • Comfortable with Zoom Virtual meetings;
  • Pleasant with good phone skills to deal with people;
  • Time management;
  • Critical thinking;
  • Problem-solving;
  • Decision making;
  • Team player;
If interested, please contact us at info@procyonwildlife.com


Please note that unless you are paying cash on delivery, all orders must be prepaid using our online store. To avoid disappointment, please call Procyon Wildlife (905) 729-0033 to arrange a pickup time at the Centre before coming to pick up your order.


Christmas came early today........Thank you to GEON PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS in Orangeville for reaching out to Procyon Wildlife. The donated Home Hardware gift card will be put towards purchasing the building materials needed to convert our education room into a much-needed nursery for our larger injured mammals.

Our Procyon Wildlife Intern Program Runs Year Round!

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Do you need experience in order to get into an animal care program or to fulfill college requirements? Full time, volunteer Intern positions are available year round, at Procyon Wildlife in Beeton, Ontario. Contracts are from 2-6 months. Please find details of this program, as well as the application, at https://www.procyonwildlife.com/procyon-wildlife-internship-program/

Items on Procyon's Wish List

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Procyon's Wish List
For other items on our wish list, visit: Procyon Wish List on Amazon.ca
See the links and images below for further details on some of the items we urgently need.

Help us keep our overwintering wildlife's water source from freezing this winter!

K H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl 102 Ounces

  • 102 ounce heated pet water bowl made from durable stainless steel prevents water from freezing, even at -20°F, keeping your pet hydrated no matter the weather
  • Energy-efficient bowl heater uses only 25 watts and is thermostatically controlled to turn on and off as needed to keep water ice-free
  • Features a 5.5' steel wrapped abrasion resistant cord and electronics are safely sealed inside the bowl.
  • This heated dog bowl has been tested & certified by MET Labs to exceed USA/CA electrical safety standards.

Even the smallest donations are of great help to us...

Disposable latex gloves (all sizes)
Face masks
75-litre galvanize steel garbage can with lid.

Do you have a few extra hours per week?

Are you retired? Or are you a student looking to

accumulate community hours?

We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

* Snow removal
* Website assistant and data entry
* Telephone volunteers
* Handyperson
* Grant Writing

Website Assistant

We are looking for someone to assist our web coordinator, with online work for our website, newsletter and data entry. Some experience with WordPress would be an asset, but not essential. Training will be provided. To learn more contact admin@procyonwildlife.com

THE HOURS we need for telephone service are Monday through to Sunday:
10:00am to 5:00pm.

Telephone volunteers

Procyon needs your help more than ever! With the COVID-19 crisis, we are asking people not to bring animals to the centre without calling first.

This means we need help from people to operate our phone lines from the safety of their homes.

If you or someone you know might have a few extra hours per day to answer our hotline phones, please contact us at info@procyonwildlife.com We will provide remote telephone training.


We need help with many odd jobs around the Centre, including grounds keeping, building nest boxes, renovations inside the building and repairs to our outside enclosures.

Please contact us at info@procyonwildlife.com for more details.
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Rabies Report for Ontario

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. Our telephone lines are operated from 10am to 5pm daily. If outside of business hours, 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.

Please follow them and do not come directly to the front door.

Thank you.
Procyon Wildlife

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