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How to protect wildlife from the summer heat

As temperatures soar in B.C., animals need extra care and attention for safety. Wildlife Rescue Association of BC expert Linda Bakker is sharing tips on how the public can help.

Temperatures are soaring across B.C., leaving many birds and other animals prone to dehydration and exhaustion.

The co-executive director of Wildlife Rescue Association of BC (WRA), Linda Bakker, is providing people in the community with tips on how to care for wildlife during this summer’s heatwave.

According to Bakker, it is important to look for signs of dehydration and exhaustion in birds.

“If the birds get more heat and they are exhausted, they become lethargic,” said Bakker. “They might fluff up the feathers and they might be on the ground, not moving much. When they’re lethargic, it is a dangerous situation where they might not be able to recover on their own.”  

Creating their versions of a splash pad

Many swear by splash pads as a way to beat the heat; creating a similar environment for the birds could be a lifesaver. Providing them with a cooler environment by creating lots of shade in yards; planting trees and shrubs in the backyard and keeping bird baths could play a major role in protecting the wildlife this summer.

Water-borne diseases are highly transmissible; hence Bakker recommends cleaning out the bird baths and feeders regularly.

She worries that due to the heat, baby birds might prematurely fly out of the nest, putting them in a high-risk situation.

Bakker encourages the public to contact the association for help and education about wildlife and seeks volunteers for protecting the birds this summer.