The Returning Raptors

Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation (BCRR) was established in 1991 to help and heal local, injured, orphaned and displaced birds of prey and waterfowl such as Cooper’s Hawks, Kestrels, Great Horned Owls, Loons, Herons and Bald Eagles.

The centre boasts a hospital facility including an intensive care room and observation rooms with one-way glass for patient viewing without disturbing them. BCRR maintains exercise cages ranging in size from 8′ X 8′ X 10″ up to 84′ X 20′ X 12′. This allows recuperating birds to fly around a bit while remaining safe and prepare for their release back into the wild.

Since the BCRR’s establishment, hundreds of birds have come through its doors in need of help. While each case is unique, the cause of the problem is the same. Humans have significantly altered the natural habitat of these animals, introducing new threats to their survival. Roadways, vehicles, hydro wires, windows, pesticides, traps, and litter all contribute to injuries and fatality of wildlife every day. Some of these animals are fortunate to be found and brought to wildlife rehabilitators for care. Over the years, BCRR has provided care for all kinds of birds, and we would like to share some of their recovery stories.

Because BCRR is a hospital facility, licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, the site is not open to the public. However, they offer educational awareness programs and speak to local groups, such as Green Drinks. Founder Linn Eves, who is herself a licensed rehabilitator with 20+ years experience, directs the BCRR.

The goals of BCRR are:
Educate the general public to appreciate the role of predator birds in the ecological system and their need for protection.
Encourage networking and shared knowledge between wildlife agencies, other rehab facilities and veterinarians.
Involve community volunteers to work at this type of facility
Seek public support

The Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation is a volunteer organization that receives no government funding and is completely relient on public donations and support.

The facility is located 30 kilometres east of Sarnia on a 23-acre private property, an ideal location that provides a stress reduced and quiet environment for convalescence.

And speaking of stress-free, join us at 100 North Christina Street for this month’s Green Drinks: a monthly informal gathering to socialize, network and learn about sustainability issues and initiatives that affect your environmental, social and economic life presented with a fun, respectful and light vibe. Green Drinks is open to everyone, agenda free, and well…free!
Visit: www.greendrinks.org/ON/Sarnia
Or contact us: [email protected]