Spring has arrived early at the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
This story in their newsletter has me feeling hopeful, so I’d love to share it with you:
The first babies have arrived
Another wildlife baby season begins at the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. On March 11, Jennifer and her husband were careful to make sure there were no nests in the dead tree they had to cut down. However, it turns out that an eastern grey squirrel had made a nest in a hollow of the tree, which was not visible from the ground. Though the babies suffered a mighty tumble, the tightly-weaved nest of dried grass likely cushioned the blow.
The caring couple quickly found the four babies, warmed them up and immediately called RVWS. After several phone calls back and forth, the homeowner’s spent all afternoon trying to reunite the babies with momma. However, mom did not collect the babies by nightfall and given their young age and weakened state, we made the decision to bring the babies in.
Just a few days’ old, weighing only 14 g and with bruising from their fall, their prognosis is guarded. But we are hopeful–they survived the night, began eating diluted formula and received hydrating fluids under the skin. They are receiving around-the-clock care and remain cozy in our new incubator.
Knowing that wildlife babies are already being born, now is the perfect timing to share spring wildlife tips. As you begin to spend more time outdoors and clean up your yards, some of you are bound to come across wildlife babies and their nests. And please, now is not the time to evict wildlife mothers from around your home.
Trapping wildlife is never a humane option
In late winter and early spring, urban wildlife seek out quiet and safe den sites to give birth and raise their young. Wildlife can enter buildings through chimneys and attics because of unscreened vents, or openings left by loose or rotten boards.
Trapping and relocating wildlife beyond 1 km is illegal in Ontario, and may leave babies behind to die from starvation and dehydration.
If an animal is nesting in or around your home, giving the mother the time to raise her babies is the best solution. Once the young reach a certain age, usually by early to mid-summer, the mother almost always relocates the family to a nest in the natural environment. You can animal-proof all possible entrances to your home once you are sure that all of the animals have left.
If necessary for safety reasons, there are sensible solutions to humanely evict wildlife so that mom moves her babies to a back-up nest.
Use this link for humane wildlife solutions.
Visit our website and please call us for advice at 613-298-9480.
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