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Humpty And Hyacinthe Need New Digs

Homes for education ambassador birds are on the must-have list for the new MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre.  These permanent residents, five owls, two Bald eagles and one Red-Tailed hawk, make regular visits to schools in the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas on...

MARS Needs $70,000 In Immediate Funding

The new MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre taking shape north of Courtenay on Vancouver Island is well underway, but still needs vital funding. MARS caregivers will begin treating injured, ill and orphaned wildlife in the new wildlife hospital beginning in May, but there is...

Eagle, Swan, Hawk, Uncertain Days Ahead

A typical day at the MARS Wildlife hospital contains the poignant reminder that it does not always end well for our patients. Many arrive dead on arrival, others die in transit to and from the facility. Sadness and tears associated with poor outcomes are as common as...

How Much Does It Cost To Help MARS Wildlife

Operating the MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre is not easy or cheap. A Barn owl will eat as many as eight mice/day, an $8 food bill. A Tundra swan is tube fed a mixture of salad greens, cream corn and sweet potatoes as often as 10 times a day, a $50 bill. The Bald eagle’s...

Herring test fishery nets haul for MARS

The commercial herring roe fishery is a significant, fast paced event that has occurred off the coast of central Vancouver Island each spring for more than 40 years. “The Pacific coast herring are considered high quality and the roe is highly desired, especially in...

Rescuing animals on private property

MARS is often called to respond to distressed or injured wildlife on private property, in particular local farms in the area. Yesterday we received a call about a swan that was unable to fly, but before entering the field, we contacted the land owner for permission....