Great Blue Heron is released back into the wild after rehabilitation

Wildlife Rescue is asking for public support during the busy spring season.

A Great Blue Heron, which crashed into a window and became trapped in an enclosed area, has been released after receiving full rehabilitation care from Wildlife Rescue. The organization is calling on the public’s support during the busy spring months to continue this vital work for other vulnerable species in need.

The heron hit a window of a Vancouver home and the Wildlife Rescue team was called for assistance. After rescue teams successfully captured the injured heron, the bird was treated at the Wildlife Hospital for injuries and head trauma sustained from the impact.

“Wildlife Rescue is very pleased with the recovery of this heron after receiving daily care from our hospital staff,” said Linda Bakker, co-executive director of Wildlife Rescue.

After spending 25 days in care, the Great Blue Heron successfully recovered from its injuries and was released into the UBC area on May 10.

“Wildlife Rescue is so grateful for the support of the wildlife community in Metro Vancouver and across BC. Every call, message and donation we receive supports our mission to promote the well-being of wildlife in urban areas,” said Bakker.

Every heron released back into the wild is a reason to celebrate. Great blue herons are considered a vulnerable species in British Columbia, with populations declining primarily due to their sensitivity to human activities.

Shortly after the rehabilitated adult Great Blue Heron was released, two more herons were hospitalized; among them a baby heron that fell from their nest. The young heron receives the necessary care to grow up without the nurturing care of their mother.

So far this year, more than 1,100 injured, sick and orphaned wildlife have been admitted to the Wildlife Rescue hospital. By comparison, about 900 animals were admitted at the same time last year.

Spring is Wildlife Rescue’s busiest time of year, Bakker said. She encourages the public to support the organization’s Spring Match and Baby Shower. She says the initiative will enable the rehabilitation of thousands of additional patients this year.

If you encounter wildlife in distress, please contact the Wildlife Helpline at (email protected) or 604-526-7275.

This article was written by Elin Molenaar, the communications assistant at Wildlife Rescue Association.