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Supporting Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary

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Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary, located on 45 acres near Minden, Ontario, rescues, rehabilitates and releases back into the wild a wide variety of mammal and bird species. The sanctuary also provides a permanent home to animals that cannot be released.  Woodlands was founded in 2008 and has been a registered non-profit charity since 2010.

Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary is entirely volunteer run (no paid employees). In 2014, Woodlands expanded their fenced waterfowl pond (financed by a $25,000. winning entry in the Shell Fuelling Change competition). In 2013, the sanctuary constructed a new, six-acre enclosure for deer and fawns (financed by another $25,000. winning entry in the Shell Fuelling Change competition) and a secure pond enclosure for waterfowl and shorebirds (funded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation). In 2012, they built a wild bird aviary (funded by the Shell Environmental Fund) and renovated an existing log cabin to use as an intensive care facility (renovations funded by BMO Financial Group).

  • In October 2016, we transported an injured Blue Jay from Gravenhurst to Woodlands, for care.
  • In June 2016, we transported an orphaned grackle, starling and robin from Washago to Woodlands, for care.
  • In the spring of 2016, my school donated 28 student-made squirrel boxes to Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary..
  • We are providing monthly support to Sammy, a permanent resident skunk at Woodlands. Sammy sustained neurological damage, in an accident, that rendered him non-releasable.
  • In October 2015, we transferred a Turkey Vulture that had been treated at Woodlands to Bracebridge, en route to his release in the Parry Sound area.
  • In the fall of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, my class engaged in 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 Woodlands in 2015.

Food items our school donated to Woodlands in 2014.

Food items our school donated to Woodlands in 2013.
  • During 2015, we sponsored a porcupette, named "Prickles." She was brought to Woodlands at about two weeks of age, after she'd been attacked by a dog. She was successfully released in the fall.
  • In August 2015, we transported an injured cormorant and an injured loon to Woodlands, for rehabilitation.
  • In the fall of 2014, we provided monthly support to an orphaned, late-season baby skunk at Woodlands, nicknamed "Bolt."
  • From spring to fall 2014, we provided monthly support to two orphaned fox kits being raised for release, at Woodlands. They were released back into the wild in September 2014.
  • In May 2014, we transferred an injured seagull from Bracebridge to Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary, for rehabilitation.
  • In August 2013, I drove to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (which specializes in the rehabilitation of mammals), picked up a Harrier Hawk and a Raven that had been taken there by local residents, and delivered them to Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary for rehabilitation.
  • When "Ray the Raven" was ready for release, I retrieved him from Woodlands Sanctuary and drove him to Bracebridge, where I met a staff member from Aspen Valley. She drove Ray the rest of the way home and released him. Afterwards, I wrote an article for the Parry Sound North Star about the cooperative relationship between Woodlands and Aspen Valley that enabled Ray to make a full recovery:
  • In August 2013, we drove to Minden and picked up a Pileated Woodpecker that had been convalescing at Woodlands for a month, after he sustained a head and wing injury in a collision with a motor vehicle. We took the woodpecker back to his home location in Oro-Medonte and released him on behalf of the sanctuary.  Here is a short video of his release:
  • In July 2013, we drove an injured Great Blue Heron from the Orillia SPCA shelter to Woodlands Sanctuary. We also made a small donation to assist with the bird's care.


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