Bay Area’s Premier Wildlife Center Featured in The New York Times Magazine
WALNUT CREEK– Lindsay Wildlife Experience is featured in the Aug. 16 The New York Times Magazine and recognized as operating “America’s oldest wildlife rehabilitation center.”
This amazing recognition is a tribute to the hard work of Lindsay’s staff and volunteers day-in and day-out and a testament to the thoughtful, caring public who bring animals to the hospital’s door daily. The hospital treats more than 5,500 animals a year. Read the full article by clicking here!
In Helen Macdonald’s monthly On Nature column, she describes in detail what wildlife rehabbers go through to nurse and release animals back into the wild. She points to importance of rehabbing wildlife and the indescribable connection rehabilitators get with an animal, a species, which is hard to get any other way.
From The Times: ‘‘We feel responsible,’’ says Norma Bishop, executive director of Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek, Calif., which operates America’s oldest wildlife rehabilitation center, founded in 1970.”
And later in the article Lindsay’s pioneering work is described in detail:
“The Lindsay rehab center receives everything from bobcats to snakes, ducklings to songbirds, brought in by concerned members of the public who have driven many miles to deliver them.”
The story behind how Lindsay was able to grace the pages of the The New York Times Magazine is serendipitous.
Macdonald interviewed Bishop a few weeks ago after Macdonald discovered Lindsay while on a national book tour in April for the British author’s best-selling memoir “H is for Hawk.”
One of Macdonald’s stops was at Rakestraw Books in Danville. Owner of the store Michael Barnard and longtime Lindsay volunteer Diane Lang facilitated one of Lindsay’s animal ambassadors coming to Macdonald’s reading. It was there that Lang and Lindsay staff met Macdonald. The author was enchanted with Lindsay’s Red-Tailed Hawk.
“Fire” who wowed the crowd.
A few months later Macdonald remembered Lindsay and reached out to discuss why people rescue wild animals and why it’s necessary.
“Her experience with Lindsay and Fire stayed with her, and she understands the significance of Lindsay—for animals and the environment,” Bishop said.
Today is a day of celebration for Lindsay and the community of rehabbers and rescuers who have worked so hard to save these magical creatures and the natural world we share them.
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