- Posted August 13, 2014 by
Hilden, Nova Scotia
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Trio of Chimney Swifts take flight with Pilot n Paws Canada
A trio of 2 week old orphaned chimney swifts are getting a second chance at natural migration thanks to the assistance of the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Pilot n Paws Canada.
The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, located just outside Truro received the orphaned chimney swift chicks last Monday evening and has been working around the clock to keep up with their hungry appetites and obtain the necessary permission to transfer them to the Quebec based wildlife rehabilitation group, Le Nichoir.
Although the CWRC has successfully rehabilitated and released chimney swifts before, in recent years the Nova Scotia chimney swift population tends to migrate south in mid August, well before these chicks would be ready for release. However, chimney swifts in the Quebec and Ontario region tend to migrate much later, in September.
CWRC co-founder and Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Helene Van Doninck says, “ Chimney swift chicks of this age require feedings every half hour and are very fragile. The
transport of these chicks must be completed very arefully and quickly.” Murdo Messer, co-founder of the CWRC accompanied the swifts on the 4.5 hour flight to
Montreal with Pilot N Paws Canada to ensure that their dietary, temperature controlled environment and overall health requirements were met.
The swifts settled quickly into the flight and did not exhibit any signs of stress. They ate readily when offered food and seemed alert and comfortable.
Chimney swifts are an endangered species and are protected by federal law. Swifts mate for life and often return to the same chimney each year to nest. Swifts migrate south every winter to the upper Amazon River in Peru, Brazil and Northern Chile. Chimney swifts prey on flying insects such as mosquitoes and flies.
The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a registered non profit charity that has been caring for injured and orphaned wildlife since 2001. The CWRC operates solely on donations from the public. To make a donation, please visit cwrc.net
Video of the swifts being fed at 12,000’ en route to destination: