To report orphaned, ill or injured wildlife: (250) 337-2021

1331 Williams Beach Road Merville, BC

Support MARS by buying Raffle Tickets!

Support MARS by buying Raffle Tickets!

It’s time for our annual raffle!  Purchase your tickets below for your chance to win. The prize draw will be held at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens 6183 Whittaker Rd., Courtenay BC on Monday, September 7th, 2020 at 3:00 pm.

MARS Annual Garage Sale is postponed for now due to COVID 19.

MARS Annual Garage Sale is postponed for now due to COVID 19.

Mark this date and time on your calendar.
Saturday, April 25th, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
Merville Hall on the corner of Fenwick Rd, and Highway
19a.
For all you “garage sailors” and everyone who is looking for a deal,
our garage sale has something for everyone. Look no further.
Ambassador birds will be on site. Hot dogs and drinks by donation
and yummy baked goods. Bring the kids and make it a family outing.
If you have any items to donate please call Lynda at 250-331-2627
for drop off info.

MARS Visitor Centre is Closed

MARS Visitor Centre is Closed

UPDATE from MARS Board of Directors:

MARS’ Visitor Centre is now closed in response to the COVID – 19 (Corona Virus) pandemic. We will continue to monitor recommendations from our local health authorities and look forward to reopening to the public when it is safe to do so.

The MARS wildlife hospital remains open; staff and volunteers will be here every day to take care of the animals.

At this time of the year MARS’ volunteers would normally be out in the community raising money for the upcoming “baby” season, e.g. selling raffle tickets, garage sales, special events, etc. to care for fawns, baby birds and baby mammals. Our fundraising activities are now severely limited and we will no longer have revenue from the visitor centre. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone but any financial support you can spare to maintain our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program would be very much appreciated.

Please take care of yourselves and stay well.

SECOND JOB OPPORTUNITY AT MARS

SECOND JOB OPPORTUNITY AT MARS

Title: Wildlife Education AssistantType: Full-time, temporary (May-September)Schedule: Thursdays through Mondays, 8 hours/dayNumber of positions available: 4Compensation: $15/hourClosing: Open until filledMARS Wildlife Rescue Centre is a busy wildlife rehabilitation...
NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY AT MARS

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY AT MARS

​ JOB POSTING: Title: Wildlife Rehabilitation AssistantType: Full-time, temporary (May-September)Number of positions available: 3Compensation: $15/hourClosing: Open until filledMARS Wildlife Rescue Centre is a busy wildlife rehabilitation and education facility...
Integral Step in the Rehabilitation Program

Integral Step in the Rehabilitation Program

Thanks to a very generous MARS supporter, we have received the rest of the funds needed to complete the Flight Cage. This is an essential step in the rehabbing of raptors and other large birds who require quite a significant area to strengthen and condition before being released. With huge wing spans, they need plenty of room to practice flying and maintaining flight before they are strong enough to go back to the wild. In the past we have had to transport these birds down Island to a facility with an appropriately sized cage. This is quite traumatic for the recovering patients and causes added stress to the already stressful situation of being in captivity. Now we will be able to see these birds through the complete rehabilitation process. The flight cage is due to be completed by mid January by BP2 Construction.

Important Press Release from MARS

Important Press Release from MARS

There are at least three times a year (Canada Day, Halloween and New Year’s Eve) where we have accepted a practice of setting off fireworks as a form of celebration and entertainment. As with other practices such as the use of DDT and other contaminants, we’ve learned...
NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY AT MARS

Student Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteers Wanted

MARS is looking for student wildlife rehabilitation volunteers to join our team! These positions are on a rotating basis throughout the year, and we welcome students from all over the world. Positions typically range from 4-16 weeks in length, depending on space...
Early morning planning by the animal caregivers

Early morning planning by the animal caregivers

The caregiver crew starts each morning with the white board. This board lists all of the patients in care, their diets, frequency of feedings,  medications and/or other treatment required. It is often a little daunting when the patient load is as high as it is this...

Campbell River Rotary building MEWS

They’re back! A crew from Campbell River Daybreak Rotary arrived today to construct the Sawyer MEWS building. Western Forest Products funded the materials, and Daybreak Rotary stepped up to build it.   The crew included Rory Evans, Urban Patrick, Barry Peters...

New Manager of Wildlife Rehabilitation

MARS is pleased to welcome Gylaine Andersen in her new role as Manager of Wildlife Rehabilitation services.  She is a Registered Veterinary Technologist and is certified as a Wildlife rehabilitator through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. She has...
MARS Sponsorship Opportunities 2018-2019

MARS Sponsorship Opportunities 2018-2019

We have some wonderful ways to become a sponsor for MARS! Build a home for Brinley, our Great Horned Owl, for $6,500. Build a home for our Hyacinth and Humpty, our two bald eagles, for $35,000 Build one of two Recovery cages for patients for $6,500 or $7,785 Build a...