Calgary wildlife rehab wants your old Christmas trees for porcupine snacks

The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is accepting Christmas tree donations for birds to perch on, and porcupines to eat.

Donations accepted at Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society until Jan. 6

A porcupine at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. The society is accepting donations of Christmas trees for the porcupines to eat. (Mark Matulis/CBC)

The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is accepting Christmas tree donations for birds to perch on and porcupines to eat.

Jenna McFarland, director of animal care at the society, says animals use the trees just like they would in the wild — and it saves organization money from having to buy more trees for nests and food.

"It's a great way for people to get rid of their trees without having to put them out on the curb or take them to a depot," she said.

Donated trees should be free of ornaments, tinsel and artificial snow or glitter sprays. The organization also accepts artificial trees year round, which are used for birds to perch on.

Trees will be accepted at 11555 85th Street N.W. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 6.

With files from Mark Matulis


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