Owls and Kestrels, Oh My! 

posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Earlier this week, Junior School students had a fun surprise with a visit from the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre!

Lisa Tretiak, founding member and president of the centre, brought a few ambassador animals to the Junior School assembly. Lisa decided to start up the PWRC with the intent of improving the care of Manitoba's injured and orphaned wildlife. In spring 2008, she became the first Manitoban - and only the fourth person in Canada - to become a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. 

The Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre visit was arranged by senior school student Emma Borger, who led some fundraising initiatives last year to support the centre. “I’m really just acting as a representative for the Senior School Green Team,” said Emma. “This is my second year being the leader of the Green Team, and last year we decided we wanted to support the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Last year, we had a bake sale, a colour day, a card sale, and a broken cellphone collection drive to raise money for the organization. After we donated the money we raised to the PWRC, they generously offered to come and do a presentation at SJR! I thought Junior School would really enjoy the presentation, so I took them up on their offer.”

Students got to meet an owl and a kestrel, two of the Centre’s ambassador animals, as well as take part in some hands-on activities. The presentation was very well received, and students developed an excitement and awareness for the natural world and their role within it.