Originally founded by Comox Valley resident Mary Jane “Maj” Birch to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured, ill or orphaned birds MARS’ legal name is Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) but we are also known as MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre, a variation of our actual name, to reflect the broader mandate associated with our new wildlife facility.
Our Wildlife Centre has maintained federal and provincial permits since 1993 and registered as a provincial society in 1995 to provide professional care for wildlife.
Mary Jane Birch dreamed of building a facility that could treat more birds and animals while acting as an education centre. She wanted to teach the public — particularly young people and children — the importance of preserving and protecting the wildlife and habitats of the Comox Valley and northern Vancouver Island. Sadly, Maj didn’t live long enough to see her dream come true, she passed away in 2015 from pancreatic cancer. But in her will she left a substantial bequest to the new MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre. With the continued support of the local community, our generous donors and dedicated volunteers, we will be able to fulfill her dream and create a legacy for the Comox Valley that will ensure wildlife is protected and wild habitats are preserved.
We encourage the public to help with the rescue of injured wildlife by bringing small species to us, or to a veterinarian. With large or dangerous wildlife such as Bald Eagles or Great Blue Heron, our trained staff and volunteers will respond.
Before you interfere with any wildlife, please call us at 250-337-2021. After hours Wildlife Emergency: 250-897-2257.
A Proud Member Of WRNBC
MARS is proud to be a member of the Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Network of British Columbia (WRNBC) and we would like to encourage all organizations who work with wildlife within British Columbia to become members of this Network. Show your support by becoming a lifetime member. There is strength in numbers; let the network become the voice that can work for you. Please visit the WRNBC website for more information about what to do if you find injured wildlife and job opportunities. Here you may also find contact information for international organizations that deal with wildlife issues.