The Procyon Post: Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2024



We hope you and your families had a very pleasant holiday and that 2024 is off to a wonderful start, and that the year will be a safe and healthy one for all our supporters and their loved ones.

This month, our new columnist Annette Bays discusses a unique sighting of an ermine at her country property in, A Visit with an Ermine. We should also mention that moving forward Annette will be working with Angela van Breemen, our website coordinator on the Procyon Post and on our website, and we are looking forward to her contributions.

Jennifer Howard’s article, Wildlife in Winter covers how wild animals cope in winter, discussing their foraging, hunting, and camouflaging capabilities. She also provides an update about the animals in our care this past month in December Animal Updates.

Our writer Elizabeth Trickey shares interesting and humorous facts about wildlife in her piece called Wildlife Love and Humour.

Also in our newsletter is a charming and informative interview by the dynamic real estate team, Sabina and Christina with Crystal Faye, our Primary Animal Care /Triage Coordinator and Director, who recently gave them a tour of our facility.

It’s not too early in the year to consider becoming a Procyon wildlife volunteer, as our training sessions will start very soon. In the past, our baby season officially began on April 1st, however, because of the mild winters that we’ve been experiencing several years in a row, babies are being born earlier and earlier. For this reason, our season will begin on March 1st. If interested in learning more about volunteering with us, please visit here or contact our volunteer coordinator, Linda Boag-Moores at info@procyonwildlife.com.

Once again, we would like to express our gratitude to every one of you who supported Procyon Wildlife this past year and we would like to wish you and your families all the best in 2024.

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

Visit with an Ermine

Visit with an Ermine
Article, photos and video by Annette Bays

Read Time: Approx. 3 minutes

I had never seen an Ermine before, or any kind of weasel for that matter, so when my dog informed me that there was an unusual visitor outside our house and I had a look, at first I had no idea what the small white creature might be. …

Animal Updates - December 2023

Animal Updates - December 2023
Article and photos by Jen Howard Reading time: Approx. 3 minutes Mid December a small young raccoon was brought to the Centre. Born late in the year she would not survive without mom. She will be over wintering with us until spring. Gary the screech owl Gary has been doing incredibly well, but his feathers were a bit rough. He …

Wildlife Love and Humour

by Elizabeth Trickey

Read Time: Approx. 3 minutes

Let’s start the New Year with some sweet pictures and funny things about wildlife. It turns out, 'Fox News' has no actual coverage of foxes. A skunk, a deer, and a duck went out to dinner. When it came time to pay, the skunk didn’t have a scent and the deer didn’t have a buck, so they put the meal …

Wildlife and Winter

by Jen Howard

Read Time: Approx. 3 minutes

We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday and good start to the New Year. Winter certainly has been different this year. Here one day, gone the next. This is great for us, for driving around and our holiday visits, but is it? Unseasonably warm weather is not good for our wildlife …

Christina & Sabina Real Estate Team visit Procyon Wildlife

Procyon Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre was delighted when Christina and Sabina visited us recently.

They met with Crystal Faye, our Primary Animal Care /Triage Coordinator and Director, who gave them a tour of our facility.

Thank you Christina, Sabina and Kate for sharing the video with us and for your ongoing support of Procyon Wildlife. The interview covers the work we do at Procyon to rescue injured and orphaned wildlife and release them back to the wild.

Our Wish List

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 a Simple Way to Help Procyon?

If you are looking for a simple way to help our wildlife charges at Procyon, and have any empty liquor bottles and beer bottles from your personal or business Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, we would gratefully accept your donation.

You can drop off bottles at the Procyon roadside shed. We are located at 6441 7th line, Beeton.

Our Popular Textile Recycling Program Runs Year Round!

Our Popular Textile Recycling Program Will Run Year Round!
Did you know our popular textile recycling program runs year-round? For your convenience, two textile recycling bins are on-site at the entrance of our driveway. Help divert textiles from our landfill sites and raise funds for Procyon!

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

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!

THE HOURS we need for telephone service are Monday through to Sunday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Currently, our hotline is operated from 10 am to 5 pm, but we’d like to extend the hours of our hotline service.
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