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Saw Whet Owl

Saw Whet Owl

(Photo By Sandy Royer) M.A.R.S. Moment -2014 Saw Whet Owl by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator This year we have enjoyed an early spring and wonderful summer weather as a result M.A.R.S. was very busy taking care of many injured, orphaned or abandoned...
Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swans

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator The Comox Valley provides a winter sanctuary for one of wildlife’s most elegant birds, the trumpeter swan. I have lived in the valley for the past 20 years and still get a thrill when I hear the “honking”...
Townsend’s Bat

Townsend’s Bat

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator Halloween conjures up everything “spooky” and many creatures are feared when in actual fact they are harmless and really cool. Bats are one species that are often misunderstood and sometimes persecuted....
Fall Migration

Fall Migration

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator It has been said that migration is probably the most awe-inspiring natural phenomenon – one that has been studied for many years and continues to reveal amazing feats of endurance. You only have to...
Green Heron

Green Heron

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator One common bird seen along our shorelines, standing ankle deep in water, waiting patiently for its prey to come by is the Great Blue Heron. These large elegant birds are easily identified by their...
Large Animal Awareness

Large Animal Awareness

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator Late summer is a time when orchards are full of ripening fruits and when wildlife is beginning to build up their fat reserves for hibernation in the coming winter months. This is also when there is an...
Merlins

Merlins

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator Aerodynamically designed for speed, Merlins belong to the family of Falcons; the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest flying falcon but the Merlin is a close second, attaining cruising speeds in excess of 70...
Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator I am always amazed by one of nature’s most spectacular birds; many hummingbirds are named after vibrant colors, amethyst, emerald, ruby and sapphire. There are over 300 species of hummingbirds in the...
Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vultures

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator It is always rewarding when we can successfully rehabilitate wildlife patients, as many of the cases admitted to MARS Wildlife Centre are beyond help by the time they arrive. June saw the return of two...
Racing Pigeons

Racing Pigeons

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator Man’s oldest companion is a bird that is very familiar, though it is shunned by many. When we think of a pigeon it is often with negative thoughts, as they tend to be a messy nuisance. Records dating back...