This Week at Sandy Pines

December 8th, 2018
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Frontenac Stats
Here are some of the patients helped from Frontenac County so far this year!

New Admissions

Field Mouse attacked by a cat.


Big Brown Bat found out of hibernation.


Common Loon transferred from another rehab centre. She will receive specialized bathes in order to restore her waterproofing before being released.


The Common Loon swims underwater to catch fish, propelling itself using its feet; swallowing most of its prey underwater.
The bones of most birds are hollow and light, but loons have solid bones. The extra weight helps them dive as deep as 250 feet in search for food. They can quickly blow air out of their lungs and flatten their feathers to expel air within their plumage, this allows them to dive quickly and swim fast underwater.
Once below the surface, the loon’s heart slows down to conserve oxygen.They can stay underwater for up to five minutes!


Garter Snake found out of hibernation.


Big Brown Bat found out of hibernation.

Hairy Woodpecker, window strike.



Red-throated Loon transferred from another rehab centre. Also sent to us to be bathed and restore her waterproofing before being released.


The smallest of the loons, the Red-throated Loon is unique among loons not only in size, but also in behaviour, vocalizations, and movement. Their thin bill is usually held slightly upward, and their body often sits lower in the water then other loons.
Unlike other loons, the Red-throated Loon does not carry its young on its back and they are the only loon that regularly forages far from its breeding territory, returning with fish for the young.


One of the Loon’s receiving a bath.


Two Wood Ducks also here to get bathed and restore their waterproofing in preparation for release.


Two Big Brown Bats disturbed from hibernation.






Hairy Woodpecker
Rock Doves
Mourning Doves
And that’s it for another busy week at Sandy Pines.  Have a great weekend everyone, and be safe out there.
Linda and Julia

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