Peg Leg the Crow hatched in May, 1991. Peg Leg went on to a long and colourful career in the Canadian public service. The crow called home – and work – the Helen Schuler Nature Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, which is also where Peg Leg the Crow died on Jan. 18, 2015. She was 23.
Her obituary, which was posted on Facebook, fondly recalls the crow as “quite the character.” It is also quite the piece of art.
It is with great sadness that the Helen Schuler Nature Centre announces the recent passing of beloved Peg Leg the crow on Sunday, January 18, 2015. As a long-time member of the Nature Centre team, Peg Leg dedicated her life to fostering a community of environmentally aware and responsible citizens. She will be remembered for her quick wit and strong personality – saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to those she deemed special; providing advance-warning whenever she spotted a dog in the Nature Preserve Park; ‘tweeting’ with mayors and public-figures across Western Canada on Twitter; and keeping watch over the Nature Centre building at all times of day. In her nearly 24 years of public service, Peg Leg delighted thousands of visitors, helping them to connect with their natural heritage while dispelling many myths about crows. Peg Leg will be greatly missed by many.
Peg Leg suffered recent health problems and was under veterinary care.
“Our hearts are sad and it is hard to say farewell, but we all have such great memories with her. She was a big part of our Nature Centre family of visitors and volunteers,” Coreen Putman, Nature Centre Coordinator said in a statement.
“Peg Leg brought such joy and delight to so many of our visitors. She had a special place in her heart for young children and they loved her right back,” Jessica Deacon-Rogers, Nature Centre Technician added.
The nature centre asks that fans refrain from sending flowers. But feel free to drop off farewell cards or donate in Peg Leg’s memory to Bird Studies of Canada or to the Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society.