On Sunday, we had a Holiday Open House at our Wild Birds Unlimited shop. Besides the usual stuff like refreshments and giveaways, prize drawings and specials, we also had a volunteer from North Country Wild Care, our local wildlife rehabilitation group, bring a Eurasian Eagle Owl to show.
The Eurasian Eagle Owl is one of the largest owls in the world, weighing 6 pounds and boasting a wingspan of up to 5 feet. Native to wide area of Europe and Asia, this particular owl, named Wyatt, was born 3 years ago in captivity here in the United States.
He lives with his handler Trish, who is one of the dedicated volunteers of North Country Wild Care. North Country volunteers work with injured, orphaned, or debilitated birds and other wildlife in a nine-county area of eastern New York State. Many customers and local residents think of calling our shop when they find an injured bird; we, in turn, refer them to the rehab group's hotline. We know that the bird will be taken care of by well-trained volunteers.
Just seeing Trish handle Wyatt and as she shared information about him with our customers, you can see the love and dedication she puts into his well-being. When Trish picked him off his perch and he flapped his wings to right himself, Lois and I got to experience a little of his awesome size and power - the draft created by his flapping wings was amazing, and was felt by others standing nearly 10 feet away!
To help support the work being done by North Country Wild Care, Lois and I have started our first Holiday Match Program:
Until end of business Christmas Eve,
we will match up to $500
all in-store cash or check donations
to North Country Wild Care.
Nothing would make us happier or prouder than to present a combined $1,000 to North Country Wild Care.
Please help us achieve that goal: stop by the shop before Christmas and drop off whatever amount you can in the collection box. Every dollar, every five, every ten, every twenty, will be MATCHED up to $500.
Thank you and we hope you'll join us in supporting this group that works so hard for the birds and other wildlife.