Just before the smoke rolled into Howe Sound this month, I watched a group of birds swoop through the sky. Three black birds and one white bird looped over the water by a beach near Gibsons. The black birds looked like crows.

One of the black birds broke formation and darted toward the white one. It pecked at it in the sky. The white bird fell.


I had assumed the white bird was a gull, but it turned out to be a rare bird: an albino crow.

A neighbor rowed out to save the injured bird. The white crow is now recuperating at the Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Its prognosis is good, thanks to dedicated volunteers, helpful veterinarians, and especially to the centre’s operators Irene and Clint Davy.

The Davys have cared for close to 9,000 injured animals in the past 30 years. They have taken in raccoons, fauns, seals, bear cubs, and even an unruly bob cat. Most of their wildlife patients are birds, and many reside in the Davy’s home–the centre’s 1.6-acre property is so full of animals.

“Somebody needc to help all these critters. Most of them are getting hurt by human activity,” Clint Davy said.

The Davys work tirelessly caring for injured wildlife, seven days a week and into the evening. They get 3,000 calls a year from people who find or have questions about injured wildlife. They need more help.

You can volunteer or donate to the non-profit society through its website.