Our History

bruce treating owl  

1981

The Wild Bird Clinic is born at the Ontario Veterinary College, treating and rehabilitating sick or injured birds.

1987

Socrates the Turkey Vulture is hit by a car, and arrives at The Clinic with a badly broken wing. (see his story here: Socrates T. Vulture)

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socrates  

1989

After 2 years of trying, the veterinarians can't save Soc's wing and it is amputated, making him non-releasable.

1990

Dr. Bruce Hunter and Socrates establish the Wild Bird Clinic Education Program, teaching the community about human impact on nature.

  bruce and socrates
baby einstein the owl  

1990-2005

The program gains more volunteers and non-releasable birds, and continues outreach in the community.

2006

Funding constraints force the Wild Bird Clinic to close its doors.

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kris and einstein  

2006-2009

A small team of dedicated volunteers salvage and revamp the education program, temporarily called Wildlife Education & Environmental Programs.

2010

The program is rebranded and relaunched as Wild Ontario!

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jenn and socrates  

Today

Wild Ontario continues to grow, deliver programs and pursue Dr. Hunter's original goal of reducing human impact on nature.


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