Merrilee Prior – “recent PROWLS adventures”

Merrilee Prior – “recent PROWLS adventures”
by Howard Bridger
21 September 2023

We were delighted to have Merrilee Prior as the guest speaker at our monthly general meeting.  Merrilee is the founder, director and leading light of PROWLS (Powell River Orphaned Wildlife Society) and was a wonderful fit to speak to our club.
      She related the origin, history, functioning and goals of PROWLS and how it co-ordinates with other animal rescue organizations in the province. On a personal level she talked about her own inspirations, challenges and training in wildlife rescue and how the work of PROWLS is aided by dedicated volunteers, the general public, the media, on occasion the region’s police and fire departments and the hours of indispensable help from veterinarian Dr. Barnes and team at Westview Veterinary Hospital. Merrilee touched on the growing need of wild animal rescue as the fraught boundary between us and nature is increasingly impacted by human behavior.  She provided many tips on how we can all help and what to do if we come upon an injured or orphaned animal.  The highlight of her presentation came from the recounting of some of her many, amazing interactions with wildlife over the past years.
It was a fascinating, inspiring and very informative evening brought to life with wonderful pictures and presented with passion and humour.