When: Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Where: Exploration Gateway (at Sippo Lake Park), 5712 12th St. NW, Canton, Ohio 44708
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary (Ravenna, Ohio 44266) will support their friends at Sanders Wildlife Center by setting up a booth, display items, and handing out newsletter and literature at their annual Wildlife Baby Shower held every spring for orphaned baby wildlife.
To raise awareness of Wildlife Rehabilitation in Stark County, Stark Parks is having a Wildlife Baby Shower to celebrate and welcome wild animal babies into the world. Raffle baskets and a silent auction will benefit the care of injured wildlife. Meet program animal ambassadors. Donations are appreciated, and a wish list can be found in the wildlife area of the Stark Parks web site.
This is a fantastic educational opportunity and offers a unique way to get involved with supporting our wild animal friends and those who rescue and rehabilitate them!
Things to Look Forward to:
Guests at Stark Parks’ fourth annual Wildlife Baby Shower from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1st will be treated to “close encounters of the personal kind” with a kestrel, red-tailed hawk, great-horned owl, and a barred owl. At 1:30 p.m. they will also be treated to a “Creatures of the Night” program featuring a screech owl, flying squirrel, an opossum, a brown bat and a toad.
This family-friendly event at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park will benefit hundreds of wildlife babies that have already begun arriving at the rehab center, and guests are encouraged to bring a gift from a “wish list” posted on Stark Parks web site. (Click on the Wildlife Baby Shower icon at the bottom of the home page.) It also will showcase the work of the park district’s wildlife rehabilitation center staff and volunteers, who care for more than 2,000 orphaned and injured wildlife patients each year.
Reservations for the Wildlife Baby Shower are being accepted at 330.409.8096 or here until Monday April 25. There will be refreshments, raffle baskets, door prizes, and baby animal games.
“We particularly need baby blankets and towels,” said Stephon Echague, director of the wildlife rehab center. Other items needed to take care of the wildlife patients are animal cages of all sizes, pet taxis, paper towels, zip lock bags, heating pads, Tri-fectant disinfectant, almonds, canned salmon and sardines, unsweetened low-fat plain yogurt, chicken livers, sunflower seeds, finch/dove seed, gourmet bird seed, cat litter, plastic pet aquariums, heavy-duty pet dishes and more. The Center will also accept gift cards to pet supply and grocery stores.
FeLeap’s Lily Pad Gift Shop on the main floor in the Exploration Gateway will be open during the event, featuring Friends of Stark Parks’ apparel discounts for Mother’s Day, bird seeds and feeders, a bird-viewing area, and unique wildlife gifts.