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Supporting "Shades of Hope" Wildlife Refuge

 
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Shades of Hope is a wildlife rehabilitation and release facility that treats injured and orphaned native birds and small mammals. The refuge is located on a small farm in Georgina, Ontario,
and is surrounded by the York Regional Forest.

Shades of Hope is a registered Canadian charity that was founded on January 1st, 2013.
The refuge is almost entirely volunteer run (it has just two paid employees). Shades of Hope relies upon volunteer drivers to transport animals to and from the refuge, twenty regular volunteers for day-to-day animal management on-site, and volunteer foster care providers to nurture small animals off-site. In a typical year, Shades of Hope treats a few thousand birds and small mammals.
 

 
  • In April 2017, we transferred five opossums that had overwintered at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary back to Shades of Hope, for release. We also transported a tiny, eye-still-closed orphaned baby squirrel from the Orillia SPCA to Shades of Hope.
 
 
  • In March 2017, we transferred five opossums that had overwintered at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary back to Shades of Hope, for release. Also on that trip: an injured pigeon and an injured chickadee that needed to go to Shades of Hope for specialized care.
 
 
 
  • In December 2016, we transported an injured Mourning Dove from the Orillia SPCA to Shades of Hope.

 
  • In October 2016, we drove an injured Red-tailed Hawk, Kingfisher and Saw-whet Owl from Aspen Valley to Shades of Hope, for specialized care. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • In September 2016, we drove an injured seagull and a sick chipmunk from the Orillia SPCA to Shades of Hope; an injured Barred Owl from Aspen Valley to Shades of Hope, for specialized care.
 
 

 
  • In August 2016, we drove an injured juvenile loon from Orillia to Shades of Hope, for specialized care.
 
  • In July 2016, we drove an injured seagull, porcupine, blackbird and Canada Goose from the Orillia SPCA to Shades of Hope; an injured Great Horned Owl and an orphaned loon chick from Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to Shades of Hope, for specialized care.
 
 
 
 
 
  • In June 2016, we drove this this injured Northern Flicker from Bracebridge, and this little orphaned fawn from Cookstown, to Shades of Hope for care:
 
 
  • In May 2016, we transferred two orphaned squirrels and an orphaned bunny from the Orillia SPCA to Shades of Hope. We also delivered an injured hawk, and injured pigeon and an injured grouse from Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to Shades of Hope, for care.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • In April 2016, we transferred a orphaned bunny, an injured grouse and an ill Trumpeter Swan from Orillia to Shades of Hope, for care.
 

 

 

 
  • In the spring of 2016, my school donated 31 student-made squirrel boxes to Shades of Hope.
 
  • In the fall of 2014, 2015 and 2016, my class engaged an outreach project collecting natural foods for local wildlife sanctuaries, and completing a number of math problems and literacy projects involving the items we collected. We created announcements, classroom presentations and posters, educating students about what wildlife rehabilitators do and encouraging other students to bring in natural food donations.

Food items our school donated to Shades of Hope in 2015.

Some of the food items our school donated to Shades of Hope in 2014.
 
  • From Spring to Fall 2015, we sponsored one of almost 40 orphaned baby skunks being raised there, for release back into the wild.
 
  • In September 2015, my daughter rescued an injured seagull she found in a local park and we transported it to Shades of Hope, for care.
 
  • In August 2015, I had the privilege of releasing two orphaned Broad-Tailed Hawks, that had been raised at Shades of Hope, back into the wild.
 
  • In August 2015, I transferred this orphaned baby squirrel from the Orillia SPCA to Shades of Hope, to be raised for released back into the wild:
 
  • In April 2015, I had the privilege of releasing a Mute Swan that had received treatment for lead poisoning and a broken leg back into his home area, at the top end of Lake Simcoe.
 

This is a short video of Bennie's story and release:
https://youtu.be/SVR9Nj00-lU
 
  • In February 2015, I transferred two Red breasted Mergansers and two Arctic Long Tail Ducks from Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to Shades of Hope, for specialized care. They became stranded on ice or land and emaciated, after the Great Lakes froze and they ran out of open water and food.
 
 
  •  In 2014, we sponsored a Broad-winged Hawk that sustained head and wing injuries when he collided with a vehicle.
 
  • In September 2014, I delivered an injured finch that was found outside the school where I teach to Shades of Hope, for care.
           Two weeks later, the finch was ready for release. I drove him back to my school
           and let the before-school daycare students who found the bird set him free:

http://www.blackdeer.ca/wildlife-rehab/RamaCentralFinchRelease.mp4
 
  • In September 2014, I transferred an injured Kingfisher from Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to Shades of Hope, for specialized care.
 
  • In August 2014, we made two trips from Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to Shades of Hope. We transferred two injured hawks, an injured flicker and an injured duck to Shades, for specialized care.
 
  • In June and July 2014, we made made four trips from Orillia to Shades of Hope. We transferred an injured duckling, an orphaned baby skunk, two orphaned baby mergansers, an injured baby goldfinch and an injured baby cottontail rabbit from the SPCA shelter to Shades, for care.
 
 
 
 
 
  • In April 2014, I had the privilege of releasing the skunk that was rescued outside the school where I teach, and taken to Shades of Hope for care.  (Her story is below.)
 
  • In March 2014, I made a donation to Shades of Hope to help pay the expenses of the skunk that was rescued at my school.

Left: The skunk spent over 12 hours huddled behind a compost bin
on a cold winter day, visibly shivering.
Right: In the evening, she was finally rescued, taken to Shades of Hope,
and provided with food, water and shelter.
  • In March 2014, I wrote about the red tape that left a little skunk stranded in the cold outside an area school, for the Parry Sound North Star:

http://www.parrysound.com/opinion-story/4402295-skunk-stranded-by-red-tape/
 
  • In March 2014, I also penned a letter to a superintendent at the school board, expressing concerns about the red tape in which the skunk became mired, and urging the board to adopt a policy that would enable MNR-licensed wildlife custodians to provide physical assistance with wildlife emergencies. Most members of staff signed the letter.

http://www.blackdeer.ca/wildlife-rehab/skunk-in-distress-letter.pdf
 
  • In March 2014, I wrote an article for the Parry Sound North Star, highlighting the work that Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge and Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary have done this winter to save the lives of many emaciated water birds:

http://www.parrysound.com/opinion-story/4413045-a-tough-winter-for-water-birds/
 





Website
http://www.shadesofhope.ca/

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shades-of-Hope-Wildlife-Refuge/477706698958714?fref=ts

YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKrZ_wwofP-Bk9zQqztKhxQ