The Role Wildlife Rehabilitation Plays in the Conservation of Threatened Species
Presentation by Susan Wylie, Executive Director, Le Nichoir
Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Kensington Presbyterian Church, 6225 Godfrey Ave., NDG
This presentation will discuss the role wildlife rehabilitation plays in the conservation of threatened species and species of special concern. Every year Le Nichoir receives over 1,500 wild songbirds and aquatic birds that require care. Although many of these birds are of common species, they play an essential role in helping the centre to educate the public and to acquire specialized skills that can be applied to rarer birds such as the Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, Common Nighthawk and Canada Warbler.
Le Nichoir has become known internationally among the rehabilitation community for the care of Chimney Swifts and has a release rate of over 80%. The centre hopes to participate in post-release studies that would measure their survival rate after going through rehabilitation to confirm the success of the techniques used for their care. Our goal is to release viable, reproducing individuals back into the wild.
As Executive Director of Le Nichoir, Susan Wylie feels strongly about promoting wild bird conservation through linking science, education and professionalism to rehabilitation. She has been caring for songbirds and aquatic birds at Le Nichoir for ten years, with her passion being the rehabilitation of insectivorous birds, especially the threatened Chimney Swift. Susan graduated from McGill University majoring in wildlife biology, and is an environmental management technician. She also has sat on the board of directors for IWRC (International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council) since 2008 and is an IWRC instructor.