Lindsay Celebrates California Wildlife Day
SF Bay Area’s premiere wildlife and education center will open to celebrate the first ever state wildlife day!
What: Lindsay Wildlife Experience will be open Monday March 20—a day the pioneering wildlife center is normally closed—to provide FREE access to education on California native wildlife to children and adults alike!
Lindsay is opening its doors to show support for wildlife conservation and the newly passed resolution, introduced by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), that creates a California Wildlife Day.
This annual recognition is set to be celebrated on the spring equinox, which this year is March 20, 2017. The point of the day is to advance the preservation and protection of California lands for future generations through public education about native plants and animals, Monning said when introducing the bill. Education about the state’s ecosystem, and how to protect wildlife is at the core of Lindsay’s mission and has been for more than 60 years.
“The state of the environment is a reflection of the minds of the people who inhabit it,” said Lindsay Wildlife Executive Director Cheryl McCormick, Ph.D. “We are thrilled that California lawmakers are taking the lead in recognizing the intrinsic and economic value of wildlife conservation. Other states will likely follow suit, and there’s never been a more important time to protect what we value.”
On March 20 Lindsay will open at 10 a.m. and plans to offer specialized programs focused on state endangered species and those endemic to California. There will be special California wildlife crafts and games for children, and opportunities for adults and children alike to advocate for the protection of wildlife as well as the environment. Exhibitors expected at Lindsay include: Ducks Unlimited, Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association, Peregrine Patrol and Wild Birds Unlimited.
Lindsay’s wildlife hospital treats more than 5,500 animals a year.
“Whether it’s an opossum that consumes up to 5,000 ticks per season, bees that pollinate crops we rely upon, or a California condor that serves as nature’s clean-up crew by feeding on carrion, we benefit significantly from the ecosystem services that wildlife provide,” says McCormick. “But on a more intimate level, humans are a part of nature, not apart from it. When we protect wildlife, we’re protecting a part of our human heritage.”
When: Monday, March 20, 2017 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, adjacent to Larkey Park.
Price: FREE! For more information: Please call 925-935-1978 or visit http://lindsaywildlife.org