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The impact of storms on wildlife


Nathan Coleman, Reporter
March 28, 2013 — Major storms can wreak havoc on the lives of wild animals.


Hope for Wildlife rehabilitates about 2,500 animals a year, but the numbers are rising
Hope for Wildlife rehabilitates about 2,500 animals a year, but the numbers are rising

Hope For Wildlife is a rescue and rehabilitation facility that treats injured and orphaned wild animals from all across Nova Scotia.

Some are brought to the facility to receive immediate medical attention. Others are there for long-term care. 

Rebecca Michelin is the facility’s medical coordinator, and she says that the weather can be a major factor in the welfare of some animals.

"During the winter we do see a lot of animals come in due to storms. Especially hurricanes in the early and late fall. Most of the time it’s seabirds that get blown ashore because of the high winds. They end up on land and when they’re on land, because they’re adapted to swimming, they actually can’t take off from being stranded. So, often times, people will find them, whether it’s on the beach or sometimes pretty far inland, depending on how strong the winds were,” she says.

The facility rehabilitates about 2,500 animals a year -- but the numbers are rising.

The Hope for Wildlife Society is a non-profit organization and is open for visitors Between June and August.

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