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What is Wildlife Rehabilitation

In the eyes of a small child who protectively cradles an injured sparrow close to their heart, wildlife rehabilitation is truly without discrimination. By treating even the smallest and most common of nature's casualties, Wings is helping to compensate for the negative impact of human interference in our natural world. Rehabilitators ease the suffering of these animals by either caring for them until they can be released or by offering the final kindness of humane euthanasia; if quality of life is so severely compromised that a return to normal function is impossible. As humans, we all bear responsibility for the large numbers of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife that pass through our centres every year. Habitat destruction; environmental poisoning; trapping and relocating nursing mothers; brush removal and tree-trimming during birthing season; collision impacts; unrestrained cats and dogs running loose; oil spill contamination; improper home repair and inadequate exterior maintenance; indiscriminate pest removal practices; and unreasonable fears and misconceptions about urban wildlife, all play a role in human tampering with our natural world. The volunteers at Wings hope to offset this negative balance by affording all our wildlife patients the same importance and significance, as if each and every one of them were borne to us on eagles wings.

A Brief History of Wings

Wings Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a charitable, non-profit organization of volunteers founded by Nancy Phillips and Shirley Moor in 1991.

At Wings,you'll find complete wildlife rehabilitation services for all God's wildlife creatures. These include baby birds that are raised through the hatchling, nestling and fledgling stages; nursing mammals; and injured or otherwise compromised adult mammals and birds.

Wings has established a full service Critical Care, Water Bird and Raptor Centre complete with spacious flight cages for hawks, falcons, eagles and owls, Here, you'll also find indoor/outdoor enclosures for raccoon, squirrel,opossum and deer; as well as other native wildlife mammal species.

With the help of her assistant, Lynn Moor, Nancy answers our Emergency Hot-Line and provides complete examining room facilities, hospital quarters and holding areas for many of the 3,000 wildlife mammals and birds who pass through our centres every year.

When faced with an unfamiliar situation concerning wildlife, please remember:

Qualified Help is Just a Phone Call Away.
Nancy Phillips

Head Office
(519) 736-8172
Colleen Gignac
Raccoon Coordinator
(519) 734-8165
Wings Mandate

To nurture and care for abandoned and mother-less orphans of the wild, with emphasis on the specialized care of passerines, raptors and water birds. Assistance for wild mammals in distress is also offered on an emergency basis subject to cage availability.

To aid in the medical management, treatment and care of sick or injured wild birds. Wings is able to offer complete hospital and conditioning facilities with the help of qualified veterinarians throughout the Windsor/Essex county area.

To offer advice/assistance in the rescue, restraint and safe transport of distressed wild birds. Where specialised hands may mean the difference between life and death, Wings is well equipped to handle oil spill casualities, birds entangled in fishing lines, leg hold trap injuries and other life threatening traumas.

Wild birds which are able to live a rich, healthy life are released back into their natural habitat. Rehabilitators must choose, to the best of their ability, a site with protection, water and natural food sources to ensure that released patients are able to maintain full function in the wild.

To create public awareness of the necessity to protect our feathered friends and the environment in which they dwell. With growing concern and increased public awareness of local wildlife issues; Wings education programs have helped to foster an appreciation and respect for the workings of our natural world and the inhabitants within.

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