News Release Archive

 Two young people are helping injured birds and educating Halifax
area residents about wildlife and environmental stewardship.

Erika and Kendra Toby opened Flyaway Bird Rehabilitation Centre
May with the help of concerned citizens and organizations. 

By teaming up with the Department of the Environment's Youth
Environmental Challenge program, Erika and Kendra were able to
their project what it is now. They began by  securing funding,
building cages, establishing release sites, organizing
events,  and making contact with local vets and animal shelters.

The need for bird rehabilitation facilities in Nova Scotia
motivated the students  to see the project through. According to
Erika,  "Before this summer, most injured birds were euthanised
veterinarians or the SPCA.  However, this summer at our centre, 
we've been able to care for over 200 birds and release about 100
back to the wild." 

Based at Dalhousie University, Erika and Kendra take wild birds
that are sick, injured, or orphaned. With the guidance of local
veterinarians,  the two university students are able to diagnose
and treat most problems. Once the birds have recuperated,
volunteers help release the birds back to the wild.

Erika and Kendra  believe that through their work this summer
can make people aware of the negative impact people's activities
can  have on wildlife, especially birds. 

"Cats are birds' primary predators -millions of bird deaths occur
each year in Canada because of domestic cats. The solution is
simple, cat owners should keep their cats indoors, especially at
dusk and dawn," Kendra said.

Information about the Flyaway Bird Rehabilitation Centre can be
obtained by calling 422-5574.

The project is funded by the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps
through the Youth Environmental Challenge program, the Dalhousie
Science Society, private donations, Action 21, and Friends of the

Contact: Amanda Lavers 902-424-8207

mfm        Aug.20, 1996     3:45 p.m.