So on our way out of St. John’s a few weeks ago, Dru, Megan and I got the chance to check out Salmonier Nature Park on the way home. It’s a government owned park that instead of operating like a zoo and bringing in animals, it works more as a rehab center or a permanent home for animals that won’t necessarily make it in the wild any more and each animal there had been brought in and taken care of for a specific reason. For instance, there was a snowy owl there that was in an open enclosure along the boardwalk that had unfortunately flown into a power line on the way down from Labrador a few years back. So instead of it being put down (or leaving it to survive in the wild and not be able to fly) it gets a new home with plenty of care and attention. Much better!
Here’s a few favorite shots from our tour through the park:
Nature Dru! Someone was puumped to head into the park.
Who knew we had otters in Newfoundland? This little guy had been found in a stream close to a residential area, so he was brought in to mature and be re-released soon.
A tamed crow that was in the restricted “rehab” center of the park so he could get ready to be re-released!
A snap turtle, who apparently he had been kept as a pet until he “grew too large” for his owners who released into a pond until Fisheries and Wildlife discovered him. (Clearly not native to NL).
That beautiful snowy owl!
A Great-Horned Owl! Absolutely beautiful, but this dude was brought into captivity because he had been scalping (yep, you read that right) people in Labrador. So, instead of putting him down or doing anything else harmful to him, he’s in a much safer home for people/his sake!
Two foxes from Labrador that were also in the rehab section of the park, and were also about to be re-released!
And there you have it, so hopefully if your passing through the Avalon area you stop by to check everything out and make a donation. The park has actually suffered a fair bit of damage from the storm Leslie that passed through a few days ago, so hopefully it manages to deal with repairs and fully reopen soon!
That, and say hi to Jeff if you meet him! He was a wicked guide.