1st Annual Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Walk
September 4 - October 12, 2020
Covid-19 has had a profound effect on the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre. It has impacted our operations and our ability to raise funds. We have admitted a record number of birds this year too! The upcoming fall migration is expected to bring with it another large influx of wild birds that will not recover in time to resume their migration. Instead, they will need to spend the winter with us.
Many birds admitted for treatment are listed as species currently at risk in Ontario, like this Red-headed Woodpecker that has just been listed as endangered. “Red” came in with an old sternum fracture and had poor strength in his legs due to a spinal injury. The Centre was his last hope for survival. Red was given medical treatment, a place to recuperate, and was released successfully in the area it was found. Red’s story is just one of thousands here at the Centre.
To cover the ongoing costs of medical care, food and shelter, we need your help to raise $25,000 by October 12th.
Our first annual Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Walk is a non-traditional walk designed to raise funds and awareness for the Centre.
You can complete a walk of a distance and at a location of your choosing. Give yourself a challenge to see certain species or total number of birds. Instead of collecting pledges, everyone is asked to make a donation. Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20.
Please walk in a socially responsible manner. We encourage you to reach out to your friends and family and engage them in this fundraising effort.
As a token of appreciation, every donor will receive a link to a commemorative, free downloadable photo checklist of birds to take along on their walk.
For your self-guided walk:
- Choose the area you plan to walk: your neighbourhood park, a nearby conservation area, the countryside, the Gatineau Hills or along the Ottawa River.
- Use the printable checklist to record your bird numbers. Challenge yourself to see as many different species as you can!
- As a special challenge: see if you can spot a Red-headed Woodpecker on your walk!
As a special thank you, the top three donors will receive a free calendar and be featured in the Centre’s newsletter and website.
I want to personally thank everyone in advance for their generosity and also our sponsors:
|1500 Bank St., Ottawa||420 Hazeldean Rd., Unit 11, Kanata|
|Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop (Ottawa)||Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop (Kanata)|
Juliette Marczuk, Chair
Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre