They just might be stocking up on diapers and infant formula at a wildlife conservation centre north of Airdrie.

From moose calves to bear cubs, robin fledglings, baby hares, and nestling swallows, wildlife baby season is here at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) near Madden.  Over the upcoming months, AIWC will care for over 1,000 animals and a lot of them will act like babies because they are.  Regrettably, many of those wildlife babies will be injured or orphaned, the majority from human activities such as window strikes, vehicle collisions, barbed wire, domestic cat and dog attacks, and even kidnapping, which in wildlife terms refers to taking a healthy baby animal from the wild.

Caring for these animals takes money, which is why AIWC has launched its 11th annual Wildlife Baby Shower event.  They're asking you to help care for animals in need.  It can cost from between more than $100 to over $1,000  to rehabilitate an individual animal. 

Holly Lillie is the Executive Director of AIWC.  She says along with saving and rehabilitating wildlife, raising awareness about the natural behaviours of our wild neighbours is also important.  "The more we understand, the more we can prevent the unfortunate consequences of our activities," Lillie explains.

As a non-profit organization, AIWC relies solely on donations and grant applications to operate.  The goal for the Wildlife Baby Shower is to raise $20,000 by May 31st.   Individuals can visit AWIC's website:

The Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation has been in existence since 1993 and is a champion for the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife.  It's accredited by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association and serves the needs of Alberta’s diverse wildlife in southern Alberta.

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