The Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation expects to house and treat up to 1,800 injured or orphaned animals this year.
One of those creatures, a snowy owl, was released back into the wild Thursday following a 46-day recovery.
The owl suffered soft tissue damage, trauma to both of its eyes and some swelling after striking a power line.
Holly Duvall, the institute’s executive director, said up to 2,000 animals have come through its doors in some years, with May to August the busiest period.
Duvall said the rehabilitation centre has a 52 per cent success rate, well above the national average of 32 per cent. Most injury cases are due to human conflict.
“We are well above the average and continuously striving to improve our levels of care,” she said.
The Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation will celebrate its 25th anniversary on April 21