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

Wildlife & Conservation Links

 

 

National and International Wildlife Rehabilitation Links

Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Network of British Columbia (WRNBC)
 
Advocating for wildlife through appropriate action, legislation, and education. To locate a wildlife rehabilitator in another province, please see WRNBC links.

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA), United States
Dedicated to improving and promoting the profession of wildlife rehabilitation and its contributions to preserving natural ecosystems.

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC), Worldwide
Providing science-based education and resources to wildlife rehabilitators and the public to promote wildlife conservation and welfare.


Affiliated Wildlife Rescue Centers

Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands
WildARC (Animal Recovery Centre), Victoria
Rehabilitate raptors, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and migratory birds. This is the wildlife arm of the SPCA in Victoria.

North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, Errington
Wildlife rehabilitation facility specializing in raptors and black bear.

Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre, Salt Spring Island
Specialty in marine mammals.

Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society (GROWLS), Gabriola Island
Rescue ill and injured wildlife on Gabriola and transport to rehabilitation centers.

Sunshine Coast
Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Gibsons
Rescue and rehabilitate wild birds and small mammals.

Mainland BC
Wildlife Rescue Association (WRA), Burnaby
Rescue and rehabilitate indigenous birds and small mammals.

Critter Care Wildlife Society, Langley
Rescue and rehabilitate large and small wild mammals.

Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL), Delta
Rescue and rehabilitate indigenous birds of prey.

Elizabeth’s Wildlife Centre, Abbotsford
Caring for injured, orphaned and sick wild birds and small mammals.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue, Vancouver
Hospital for sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals.

Northern Lights Wildlife Society, Smithers
All mammals and birds are accepted, but the shelter has become a haven for bears, moose and deer.

mm incident hotline decalThe BC Marine Mammal Response Network (BCMMRN) responds to sick, injured, dead and disturbed marine mammals.

Almost half of British Columbia’s marine mammal and sea turtle populations are listed as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern under the Species At Risk Act. Help us recover these populations by gaining a better understanding of the threats they face in our waters.

BCMMRN is a network of researchers, conservation groups and everyday people working to monitor and investigate threats like vessel strikes, entanglements, disturbance and disease throughout BC’s vast 27,000 km coastline.

Please report all sick, injured, dead or disturbed marine mammals & sea turtles to 1-800-465-4336.

Become a Primary Responder and help BCMMRN in your own community. Your efforts may include taking photos and measurements of carcasses, or even assisting a live animal in distress. Your help will allow us to collect valuable data that will not only assist individual animals but also help recover At Risk populations.

To find out more or to get involved with BCMMRN, please contact: 
The Marine Mammal Response Network

More Marine Mammal links:

Wild Whales: BC Cetacean Sightings Network
A collaboration between Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, the BC Cetacean Sightings network collects information about sightings of live healthy whales, dolphin, porpoises and turtles.

Coastal B.C. Species Identification
Whale, dolphin, porpoise and sea turtle identification guide.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Information about data collection for reporting the sighting of certain marine species.

Straitwatch
A stewardship-based marine mammal monitoring Stranded whaleand education program operating around Vancouver Island, BC. Operated by Cetus Research & Conservation Society, this program monitors vessel activity around marine mammals and provides boaters with interpretive talks and information, including Be Whale Wise, marine mammal viewing guidelines.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Marine Mammal Bulletins about marine mammal concerns:

Seals and Seal Pups

Moulting Elephant Seals

Depredation by Whales