WILDNorth is a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization. This incredible non-profit has been operating in Alberta since 1989!
Orphaned wildlife make up a large percentage of their patients. WILDNorth raises these young orphans in captivity. But, the goal remains to release the rehabilitated wildlife to fend for themselves.
The training program includes teaching young wildlife to feed themselves. As such, WILDNorth needs appropriate food, including berries (on the branch). WILDNorth volunteers place the berries in enclosures for a variety of animal species.
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton has partnered with WILDNorth to ask for your help to find the berries!
Any of the following berries (still on the branch) would be helpful:
- Mountain Ash Berries
- Canadian Serviceberries
- Red Elderberries
- Red Osier Dogwood Berries
- Nanking Cherries
- Buffalo Berries
- High Bush Cranberries
No chokecherries and no ornamental crabapples please!
NOTE on MOUNTAIN ASH BERRIES: These berries need to go through several frosts before they are edible by the birds! Bohemian Waxwings only eat those berries in the mid to late winter. So, keep those berries on the trees for now and they may be harvested later in the winter! Thank-you.
How to pick the berries
When picking berries, you need only to clip a tiny bit of the branch that the berry clump is attached to. This method avoids damaging the plant so that it continues to produce berries in the future.
Berry fruit donations may be dropped of at the location below:
WILDNorth Hospital, 12515 – 128 Street
Please join us to nourish the orphaned wildlife as they learn to feed themselves.
WHICH BERRIES ARE EDIBLE FOR HUMANS?
- Red Elderberry – Toxic when not prepared properly
- Buffalo Berries – can cause stomach upset when eaten in large quantities
- Nannyberry – edible
- Red Osier Dogwood – edible, but not necessarily palatable
- Nanking Cherry – edible
- Saskatoon – edible
- Canadian Serviceberry – edible
- Mountain Ash Berries – not to be eaten raw. Please do research on preparation before consumption!
- High Bush Cranberries – edible, but definitely NOT palatable without specific preparation.
Thank you! The animals appreciate your help!
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