Construction continues on Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society wildlife hospital

May 1, 2017

Drywall, painting, and electrical and plumbing rough-in are now complete for the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society’s (MARS) new wildlife hospital and interpretive centre at 7350 Island Highway. Interior finishing will begin shortly.

The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society is seeking construction volunteers for the new wildlife hospital and interpretive centre at 7350 Island Highway.

A number of contractors, including Glen Mitchell Design, BP2 Construction, Cumberland Ready Mix, Terratek, Wedler Engineering, Houle Electric, Thermotec Mechanical Ltd., Plateau Plumbing Heating & Gas, Victoria Truss, Bruce Jones, R.K.Contracting, have already provided volunteer time and resources.Transition to the new wildlife hospital will begin May 15. Cages, flight pens, fawn pen, swan pen and fencing must still be completed, and MARS is seeking volunteers for construction. Carpentry experience would be much appreciated.

This is a large project that includes the Wildlife Hospital; a Visitors Interpretative Building; an Aviary for educational or ambassador birds; a Flight Pen for large birds such as herons, owls and eagles; as well as trails leading to viewing sites on the wetland. In addition, MARS hopes to raise enough money to build housing for a caretaker, students and visitors. Fundraising, including sponsorship opportunities, is ongoing and donations are still very much needed. For more information visit or contact Robert McLennan at (250) 337-2021.

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