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The Great Blue Heron Project

The Great Blue Heron Project

The Great Blue Heron Project  The shorelines along the east coast of Vancouver Island  are home to one of the most easily recognized shore birds: the Great Blue Heron. This elegant, graceful bird is also fiercely territorial and a stealthy, patient hunter. Great Blue...
Gray Jays

Gray Jays

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator One of my favorite pastimes in the summer months is to visit and enjoy the many treasures found in Strathcona Park and Mount Washington. This year the area has provided a retreat from the long hot summer...
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...
Important Deer Information

Important Deer Information

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator One of the most endearing and enchanting of our local wildlife species has to be the deer, especially when they are fawns. The Black Tailed Deer are the only deer species found on Vancouver Island, but...
Raccoons

Raccoons

MARS Moment 2013 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator Highly intelligent and inquisitive, raccoons have been nicknamed “nocturnal bandits”.  These mammals belong to the same family as Coatis and Ringtails, and they are found throughout North and South...
Nests in Nasty Places

Nests in Nasty Places

Spring is here and the birds are now thinking about setting up housekeeping for another season. Unfortunately, many of these birds choose eaves troughs, soffits, or almost any convenient hole or hiding place to build their nests. Often these nests aren’t in a good...
Keep bird feeders clean!

Keep bird feeders clean!

Beware of creating an environment at bird feeders that will be deadly for birds, instead of helpful. The importance of keeping backyard feeders clean is highlighted by this article from last winter: BCLocalNews.com – Salmonella outbreak sickens pine siskins...
Ducklings

Ducklings

MARS Moments June 2011 by Sandy Fairfield, MARS Education Coordinator “If you love them, leave them alone.” Each year MARS repeats this message during “Baby Wildlife Season” in hopes that we can reinforce the importance of leaving wildlife to be nurtured by...

Recent MARS rescues

For more rescue and release stories and videos of life at MARS, please go to our YouTube channel  MARSBirds Channel   Maj received a call in the evening of May 29th about an eagle tangled in kite string in a tree in Royston. The eagle was at least 40′ up and it...
New Arrivals

New Arrivals

WILD Diary: April 25, 2010 Three Raccoon young, less than two weeks old. Doing well. These patients were recently transferred to an affiliated wildlife rehab centre in Victoria where they have special facilities for handling raccoons as they grow up. It will take at...