It’s Raining Opossums
Apr 03, 2018 07:04PM
● By Julie Ross
And baby squirrels, songbirds, owls, and hawks, to name a few. April 1 is the official start of the busy season at the wildlife rehabilitation hospital at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek, where I have happily volunteered for many years. The influx of wild patients, the majority of which are injured and orphaned babies, will continue through the summer and won’t slow down until September draws to a close. By year’s end, more than 5,000 animals will have been treated by the amazing staff and volunteers at Lindsay’s wildlife hospital with the ultimate goal of releasing them back to the wild, where they belong. We believe each of these engaging creatures deserves a second chance, and I know most of you agree. Providing optimal care requires many hands and many dollars.
Here are a few ways the community can help our wild neighbors:
1. Try to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. Check out the “Living with Wildlife” tips on the Lindsay website at www.lindsaywildlife.org. It is full of good advice such as waiting to trim your trees until November or December if at all possible to avoid inadvertently destroying an active bird or squirrel nest. Keep pet cats inside (build them an outdoor enclosed “catio” for enrichment if you can), and make sure your birdfeeders are clean to thwart the spread of disease. These tips will help keep wild animals out of the hospital in the first place -- a worthy goal.
2. Volunteer with us! It is rewarding -- you will not only work alongside some great people, but you will get to work with wildlife and learn a lot. Information for volunteering in the hospital and other departments is also on the Lindsay website.
3. Visit the exhibit hall at Lindsay and meet non-releasable wild animal ambassadors like eagles, hawks, owls, snakes, opossums, and a porcupine for a truly inspirational experience. Check the website for daily activities. If you haven’t been here in a while, there are some exciting new programs, including “Porcupine Time” and “Flight School.” You will not be disappointed.
4. Consider joining us for a special event. There is a big one coming up the evening of Saturday, April 21, from 6:00 to 9:30pm. Lindsay’s annual “Faces of Wildlife” celebration has been a dress-up affair at a country club for the past several years. This year, “Faces of Wildlife” is landing back home with a less formal event held right at Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek. It’s a 21-and-over-only event, priced at $68 per ticket or $125 per couple. The ticket price includes beer and wine, food truck offerings, dessert, and music spun by Mackswell. There will be a chance to meet exotic animals (kangaroos, anyone?) from 6:00 to 7:30pm, and Lindsay’s animal ambassadors will be around all evening. Check out the website for more information and buying tickets online. There are also sponsorship opportunities available that start at $1,000 and include additional guest experiences. Proceeds go toward funding Lindsay’s education and wildlife rehabilitation efforts. It promises to be a fun way to help our local wildlife -- hope to see you there!
In the meantime, if you haven’t already, connect with Lindsay Wildlife Experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
You can reach Julie at [email protected]