FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2009

 

 

Meet Live Wildlife Babies at Trailside on Dec. 9

wildlife babies at trailside
Mountainside, NJ –
Meet live wildlife babies! Discover how baby squirrels, opossums, skunks, groundhogs and cottontail rabbits are cared for by the dedicated volunteer members of the South Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Trailside Nature & Science Center on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Meet live animals in the care of the Center and learn ways you can help your local wildlife. Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Walk-ins are welcome!  The fee is a suggested donation that will help support animals in the care of the SMWRC. For more information about this program or other upcoming special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or go online to www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to offer a  lecture about “A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Rehabilitator” given by the South Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

“Throughout the year there are many times when our local wildlife could use a helping hand,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “This is a great opportunity to meet live animals in the care of the South Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and to learn how rehabilitators are trained to care for these orphaned and injured animals.”

The South Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (SMWRC) makes it possible for caring people to give orphaned and injured wildlife a second chance to live out their natural, wild lives.  Often animals that end up at the Center require a specialized diet and medical care. Volunteer members are trained to help provide medical treatments as well as bottle feed babies too young to care for themselves.

In order to ensure that animals released back into the wild are ready to fend for themselves, rehabilitators work with them to break the dependency on humans and encourage them to forage on their own. Find out what a “soft release” is and how it helps the animals to get ready for life back in the wild. Learn how you can help your local wildlife and meet some orphaned babies that are currently in the care of the SMWRC.

There is no fee to attend this program, but donations to support SMWRC are requested. All donations collected benefit the orphaned and injured squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, bats, flying squirrels, raccoons, skunks and opossums. Pre-registration is requested, although not required.  Walk-ins are welcome.

For additional information about this event or other upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.