Rick Mercer Premiere Featuring MARS

Rick Mercer Premiere Featuring MARS

In case you didn’t know, Rick Mercer and his team visited us at the end of August to film a segment for the Rick Mercer Report.  We are excited to be featured on the season premiere which aired on Tuesday, Sept. 26 on CBC at 8:00 pm. If you missed the episode, ...
Recovery Building Donations

Recovery Building Donations

Friday was an exciting day for us as all three pads for the animal recovery buildings were successfully poured through a generous donation from Cumberland Rotary and Cumberland Ready Mix. Volunteers from MARS worked with Manny from Cumberland Ready Mix and Owen from...

Ambassador Birds Need New Homes (Aviaries)

Homes (aviaries) for education ambassador birds are on the must-have list for the new MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre. These permanent residents, five owls, two Bald eagles and one Red-Tailed hawk, make regular visits to schools in the Comox Valley and Campbell River...
Help Build a Flight Cage for Raptor Recovery

Help Build a Flight Cage for Raptor Recovery

Join The Flight Club! MARS has launched a new campaign called “The Flight Club” to help us build an essential structure for recovering birds. Treating an injury is the first step toward recovery but strengthening muscles in order to sustain flight is also...
Goat Milk a Lifesaver

Goat Milk a Lifesaver

Sick and injured fawns and those orphaned, abandoned or mistakenly taken have a temporary home in a forested area at MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre in Merville. The cost in food and precious volunteer time is high, as it will take several months to ready the fawns for...
Generous Donation from Comox Rotary

Generous Donation from Comox Rotary

Paul Witt from the Comox Rotary visited MARS today and presented us with a $3,000 cheque to help us with the operation of our centre. Our Western Screech owl, Lanei is looking on approvingly. We are really struggling with having recently moved from one site to...
MARS President with “Sign of the Times”

MARS President with “Sign of the Times”

MARS President Warren Warttig is pictured removing the “Future” from our highway sign revealing the “New Home of MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre” A big shout out to Liz Aldridge for sponsoring the sign and the clever wording.   ← Previous Next...
A “Warm” Thank you to Terratek

A “Warm” Thank you to Terratek

It’s official! The new MARS wildlife hospital is operating with the help of solar power. A BIG warm “thank you”  to the Comox Valley Community Foundation for providing funds to make it possible and to Sal McQuarrie and Ben Frank of Terratek Energy...
Eagle, Swan, Hawk, Uncertain Days Ahead

Eagle, Swan, Hawk, Uncertain Days Ahead

A typical day at the MARS Wildlife hospital contains the poignant reminder that it does not always end well for our patients. Many arrive dead on arrival, others die in transit to and from the facility. Sadness and tears associated with poor outcomes are as common as...
How Much Does It Cost To Help MARS Wildlife

How Much Does It Cost To Help MARS Wildlife

Operating the MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre is not easy or cheap. A Barn owl will eat as many as eight mice/day, an $8 food bill. A Tundra swan is tube fed a mixture of salad greens, cream corn and sweet potatoes as often as 10 times a day, a $50 bill. The Bald eagle’s...
Herring Test Fishery Nets Haul for MARS

Herring Test Fishery Nets Haul for MARS

The commercial herring roe fishery is a significant, fast paced event that has occurred off the coast of central Vancouver Island each spring for more than 40 years. “The Pacific coast herring are considered high quality and the roe is highly desired, especially in...