Winter Visitors and Wildlife Behaviour

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 wind storms. 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.


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.


We are looking for Volunteer Grant Writers!

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;
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  • Critical thinking;
  • Problem-solving;
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