Free admission to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum on 3/7/10
This weekend marked the halfway point in my training to be a wildlife rehabilitation volunteer at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum! Once trained, I’ll provide care for injured and orphaned wildlife at the LWM hospital, including accessioning into the hospital, setting up housing, preparing food, feeding, cleaning enclosures and hospital housekeeping (laundry, dishes, general cleaning).
My relationship with the LWM began last summer, when I rescued a gull bound up in fishing line and dangling from overhead telephone wires. Once the gull was safely brought down (with the help of PG&E), it was clear the left wing was damaged and the bird couldn’t fly. It was getting late in the evening, so I took the gull home for the night. When the gull was safely crated, I searched online for wildlife rescue organizations nearby. I was surprised to learn animal shelters aren’t connected with wildlife centers; if I’d taken the gull to animal control, it would have been euthanized. After several phone calls I talked with the hospital at the LWM in Walnut Creek and found a new “home” for the gull. I soon made the first — of what have become many — trip to the LWM.
In addition to the resources the hospital provides, the museum itself is a remarkable education center in the greater Bay Area. Here’s a handful of text from the LWM website, which I encourage you to check out:
Lindsay Wildlife Museum: Connecting people with wildlife and inspiring responsibility and respect for the world we share.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum is a unique natural history and environmental education center where live, wild animals are just inches away. Visitors can listen to the cry of a red tailed hawk, go eye-to-eye with a gray fox and watch a bald eagle eat lunch. More than 50 species of live, non-releasable, native California animals are on exhibit.
Tens of thousands of children learn about the environment in their classrooms through our traveling education programs and on-site tours of the museum. Nature and science-oriented classes and trips are offered for adults and children. More than 600 volunteers help feed and care for wild animals, teach children and adults about nature, and support the museum’s mission in many other ways.
This upcoming Sunday is the perfect day to visit, there will be free admission all day on Sunday!