Friday, June 27, 2014

Amazing Animal Encounters

It’s that time of year again.  The World Bird Sanctuary’s Amazing Animal Encounter are here on weekends all summer!
These mini shows started memorial weekend and are offered every weekend until Labor Day weekend.  The shows are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.  The show lasts about 30 to 45 minutes.
Since Amazing Animal Encounters are "Naturalist's Choice" they are rarely ever the same twice (photo: Flannery O'brien)

The animals at each show are naturalist’s choice.  This means they pick a bird of prey that flies over your head, a snake that you may get to touch, the exciting armadillo, or even one of the parrots that may talk for you.  There are a few other creatures that our trainers can choose from as well.  Best of all it is free to come out and see all these amazing animals up close.

The World Bird Sanctuary wants to teach the public about our environment and the creatures that live in it.  We want to show people that everybody can live together in this world.   So please bring as many people as you can fit into your car to have a fun filled day, as well as a learning experience.
This day Patriot the Bald Eagle was a featured bird (photo: Flannery O'brien)

If you decide you really enjoyed what you see and you want to help us further, there are a few ways to help.  Please donate at the end of show or when you come to visit--even if it’s only the change in your car’s ashtray.  When you purchase items from our gift shop you help to feed and care for the animals on site.

My favorite way of helping is our Adopt-a-bird Program.  When you “adopt” one of our animals you will receive information and pictures about the animal you adopted, and an official adoption certificate.  The money to adopt the animal goes toward food and other care for that animal.  My little cousin adopted Timber, our Screech Owl, and she tells everyone about “her” bird.  My cousin is only 10 years old and she’s already making a huge difference by helping organizations like the World Bird Sanctuary, and by telling everyone she knows how she helped and ways they can help, too.

So come out and see us and ask tons of questions and maybe have your picture taken with some of the animals.  Hope to see you soon. 

Submitted by Christina Ranken, World Bird Sanctuary Naturalist 

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