MARS can now offer private spaces for its orphaned fawns. Photo by Pearl MacKenzie.

MARS can now offer private spaces for its orphaned fawns. Photo by Pearl MacKenzie.

Housing natural enemies a challenge for Merville’s Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society

Jane Sproull Thomson

Special to Black Press

If you’ve ever had a hospital stay, you know how uncomfortable it is to share living space with a stranger, especially when you’re sick.

At the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS), we try to give each recovering animal its own space, but separate space is critical when the patients happen to be mortal enemies – you can imagine what might happen if we put a gosling into the flight pen with an eagle!

Many species cannot be housed together: even woodpeckers will kill smaller birds; so construction continues at a rapid pace on our site so that we can safely house all our spring chicks, fawns, kits and pups while they grow strong and mature enough to survive when returned to the wild.

Check out our Facebook page to see some of our charming patients and their treatments; our volunteers are continually updating the page with photos and videos. Our website is marswildliferescue.com.

The MARS visitor centre remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. To donate to the society, visit marswildliferescue.com/ways-to-give/

ALSO: 2021 shaping up to be a record-setting year for animal rescues

Jane Sproull Thomson volunteers for MARS

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