Over many years staff have written a weekly column in this newspaper, to share stories and insights about wildlife, especially those who come to Aspen Valley. We have also published the Sanctuary newspaper annually, with a large distribution network where more people learned of our work. And we will continue to inform the public with these articles. Our primary mission is to rescue orphaned and injured wildlife, rehabilitate them and return them to the wild. But another goal of ours is to educate the public about our vanishing wildlife and hopefully give them a greater appreciation of the wonders of nature around us.
Luna, resting on her den box, drew a lot of attention when this photo was posted on Aspen Valley’s Facebook page.
We are happy to announce that our website has been revised and updated at www.aspenvalleywildlifesanctuary.ca. Our older websites will soon be removed, so be sure you have clicked on to the correct one. Here you will find details about what we do, who we are and other useful information.
And now we have joined the electronic age of social media on both Twitter (@aspenvalley) and Facebook (aspenvalleywildlifesanctuary fan page). These sites allow us to provide timely information and photos of the wildlife here at Aspen Valley. Twitter gives people an opportunity to ask questions and give comments, which can be responded to quickly. Our Vice Chair Kristen Denault keeps a handle on this site.
Facebook allows us the opportunity to post current photos of the wildlife and so far we have 442 fans looking at the site. We find that many of our previous volunteers are keeping up to date on the happenings here at Aspen Valley, and they in turn are sharing the info with their own followers. But it is not only volunteers who are checking us out. For instance, Coyote Watch Canada often share our photos on their own Facebook page, and slowly but surely we are gaining new fans. The photo of Luna lying in the snow on top of her shelter was very popular, generating “likes” from 65 individuals and many positive comments.
We would like to thank Metroland Media Group Ltd. for allowing us to have articles in the weekly Beacon Star and to print annually an entire publication devoted to Aspen Valley, and are happy to continue with that partnership. We are also excited about the possibilities of social media and encourage you to have a look at our Twitter and Facebook pages, if you haven’t done so already.
(These weekly articles are contributed by staff at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary rehabilitates orphaned and injured wildlife with a mandate to educate the public towards a better understanding of local fauna.)