Ever wondered what happens to wildlife that gets into trouble in our urban and rural communities? Don’t miss a fascinating opportunity to come behind the scenes and tour Wild ARC, the BC SPCA’s wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin, just outside of Victoria.
The Wild ARC facility is normally restricted to staff and volunteers as they work to save these wild lives, but there’s one weekend each year when community members are invited behind the scenes to get a glimpse of wildlife rehabilitation in action.
“It takes a lot of knowledge and planning to be able to help such a diverse range of species,” says Wild ARC’s assistant manager Meg Hatch.
“We admit wild patients ranging from delicate baby hummingbirds to feisty injured river otters to ocean-faring seabirds – each species requires specialized housing, care, and nutrition, and we’re able to provide that in one multi-faceted facility.”
During its annual Open House weekend, Wild ARC’s specialized team of staff and volunteers welcome the public to explore the facility and discover how they help the community’s wild neighbours. Operating 365 days a year, Wild ARC has cared for more than 40,000 wild patients since opening in 1997.
Members of Wild ARC’s friendly volunteer crew guide small tour groups through the 10-acre property, showing how the rehabilitation team cared for more than 130 different species last year.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize how much specialized treatment is required to care for our wild patients – it can be fascinating to learn,” Hatch says.
Wild ARC’s Open House will take place between noon and 4 p.m. on March 24 and 25 – tour reservations are required to ensure all guests get the most out of their experience (spca.bc.ca/tourwildarc).
The event is free but donations are appreciated and will go toward Wild ARC’s life-saving work. To avoid potential stress, no wild patients are available to view, but a live educational raptor will be on-site.
Wild ARC is located at 1020 Malloch Road in Metchosin. Only 1,000 guests can be accommodated during the two-day event, so reserve a spot today with your family and friends!