Volume 4, Issue 8 August 2022

Animal Updates as of July 28th, 2022

by Jennifer Howard

Once again, welcome to Procyon’s animal updates. This month I’ll touch base with a few of our animals in care. Bring you up to date on their progress. Houdini the fox. He came in June 7th with bad mange. July 21st Houdini went home to be free again. Release was perfect. He was very anxious to get back out there. The …

Did You Know....

Some species of bats can eat 6000 to 8000 insects in just one night

by Elizabeth Trickey

So many animals, so little time to get to know them all.... Those who study and work with wildlife learn all about where and how they live, get to know their habits, and are sometimes quite amazed at what they find out. So let’s look at some interesting facts that zoologists have learned.

Have you ever seen a vulture picking away at a dead animal at the side of the road and thought “that carcass has been baking in the sun all day - that bird is going to get sick”! Well, no it’s not! Vultures are nature’s clean up crew and nothing will make them sick. These scavengers can eat roadkill with rabies, botulism, ebola, or even anthrax and not get sick. And when they’ve finished consuming a delicious, messy meal, they have a nice long talon to pick bits of food from their noses! On the hot days of summer, vultures cool down by peeing on their own legs and feet. This cooling process, called “urohydrosis”, also helps kill bacteria picked up from walking through their food. So a win-win situation!

Danger is Lurking

by Jennifer Howard

Every month I try to think of something new and important to write about. A new patient arrived at the centre this month that sparked this topic. Dangers Lurking in our yards, at our work places, in parks, in the water, along the roads and even in our garbage and recycling. We as humans do things, have things …

Meet Some of Our Amazing Procyon Volunteers!

If you have brought in an orphaned sick or injured wild animal to Procyon Wildlife, you may have met some of the remarkable volunteers who care for the wildlife at the Centre. Since our facility is not open to the public to protect wildlife from as much human interaction as possible, there are many volunteers whom you will never meet but who work very hard to care for our patients.

We are introducing this column for you, our readers, so that you can get acquainted with what makes Procyon work - our volunteers.

The volunteers featured are chosen by their fellow volunteers, which makes the recognition even more special. :-) Perhaps, their stories may even inspire you to join us and become a volunteer! If interested, please visit: https://www.procyonwildlife.
The July Volunteer Spotlights Shines on: Michelle Meandro
The August Volunteer Spotlight Shines on: Sue MacKenzie
Michelle Meandro
Sue MacKenzie profile pic

Thank you to Anna’s Magical Creations

Many thanks to Anna’s Magical Creations who brought her beautiful cookies to the July 24th, 2022 First Annual Christmas in July celebrations at Rovili’s Petworld-Bolton. She has based her designs on pictures shown on our website.

Her creations are works of art! Cookies are $20.00 per box and Anna's Magical Creations will be generously donating $5.00 for every box sold to Procyon Wildlife!

Hold That Car Horn!

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By Debra Spilar

Deer travel the trails of their ancestors years after these trails have been disrupted by roads, fences, and private divides.

The time of day, season and weather play a role in their routine as they are creatures of habit.

Construction plays havoc with the deer’s ability to reach water, food and wooded sanctuaries. Simply put, they need to cross
our roads to reach grazing areas or their young.

Early morning hours and ‘dusk to dawn’ add to the risk of deer crossing the roadways.

While deer recognize the immediate threat of an animal or human predator and will run for safety, they do not understand the threat of a fast-moving vehicle, and honking horns do not register as a danger signal!

They do not comprehend that the sound is coming from the moving vehicle but instead interpret them as just sounds in the air. The deer will often stop in the middle of the road to focus on your car horn as a confusing sound.

So please, slow down and stop if you must, but don’t honk your car horn to move a deer out of the roadway.

Rainbow Trail Run Earl Rowe Provincial Park Saturday August 6th - Starts 7:00am

1st annual rainbow trail run 2022

Come stop by and support these amazing runners!

Thank you to Jodi and Norman, organizers from https://www.gottarunracing.com/ who have chosen Procyon Wildlife as the beneficiary of the First Annual Rainbow Trail Run.

The event will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Earl Rowe Provincial Park, Alliston, Ontario. Over $600.00 has been raised for Procyon at this event, and Jodi says they are aiming to raise at …

Come Visit Procyon's Booth at the Bolton Midnight Madness August 12 from 6 pm to midnight!

Bolton midnight madness 2022

Santa says he'll be back next year for the Second Annual Christmas in July Photoshoots!

Santa says he'll be back next year for the Second Annual Christmas in July Photoshoots! When Santa told his Procyon Wildlife friends that he missed his fans, he jumped at the chance to come down south from the North Pole and visit. Santa started his whirlwind holiday on July 17th at Davidson's Country Dining in Innisfil and finished off his trip at Rovili’s Petworld-Bolton. Procyon Wildlife volunteer and photographer Jennifer Howard took pictures of Santa with his fans. Proceeds of the photoshoots were donated to Procyon Wildlife.
Santa at Davidson's Country Dining
Santa at Rovili's Petworld-Bolton

A Wood Chipper is on Our Wish List!

We are looking for a wood chipper, new or used in working order to chip the branches and old Christmas trees, or for someone who could come in and chip for us.

Why do we need a wood chipper?
It diverts organic material from dump sites, and the wood chips will be used in our enclosures to give our wildlife an enriching environment with natural materials such as they would have in a forest setting.

Please contact us at 905-729-0033 or email info@procyonwildlife.com

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.