Bird safety group expects increase in avian injuries with spring migration

By Devyn Barrie, Ottawa Citizen, April 12, 2018

Anouk Hoedeman spent part of her Thursday morning at what she calls her “full-time, volunteer job” — patrolling the city for injured birds in need of medical care.

Hoedeman is the founder and coordinator of Safe Wings Ottawa, a group dedicated to reducing bird injuries and deaths — a task that may get a bit more demanding with an expected uptick in bird injuries, as more feathered friends migrate to the city for spring, she said.

Causes of injury can vary, from birds getting hit by cars, scuffles with other animals, or flying into windows — the latter being Hoedeman’s main area of focus.

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