A big thank you to John Comisky, Janice Taylor, Deb Wellborn and Thea Reidy of the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County for joining me on Episode 5 of Tout Suite Social Club. They all do such an amazing job assisting injured wildlife and releasing them back into the wild where they belong. This is an episode that should not be missed! John explains what the Wildlife Rescue does and how to get involved with donations and fundraising. You will really enjoy watching Janice talk about her love for the opossums. Thea explains how to contact the Rescue if you find wildlife that is in need of help and how to become a volunteer. And Deb gushes about her love and admiration for the squirrels of Napa County! Deb also brought three tiny baby squirrels with her that you will just love to see. They are so tiny that all they care about is their next meal!
The WRCNC is a non-profit that was founded in 1991 under the direction of local veterinarian Shirley Harmon. WRCNC is licensed through the state of California by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to possess and provide temporary care of sick, orphaned or injured wildlife until they can be returned to their own habitat! The Wildlife Rescue is also almost 100% volunteer driven. Dozens and dozens of compassionate, animal-lovers give their time to the care of our local wildlife. The volunteers are trained to care for and release the wildlife and the animals are never named or kept as pets. The volunteers do many jobs and have many different tasks including running the seasonal Songbird Clinic from April to September where they feed and care for orphaned and injured baby birds. Volunteers transport wildlife patients to satellite care facilities and provide community outreach through social media, videos, presentations and local community events. They teach education programs and do basic administrative duties like data entry and reporting. More than 1000 wild animals from owls to raptors to squirrels to opossums to fawns to foxes pass through the Wildlife Rescue Center each year!
If you come across an injured animal, please contact the WRCNC on their hawkline at (707) 224-HAWK (4295). Or visit their website to learn how you can become involved as a volunteer. April 1st is the beginning of my third year as a volunteer at the Songbird Clinic and it is an amazing and rewarding experience to see these tiny baby birds – some so young they don’t even have feathers and have to be fed every 15 minutes! – thrive, survive and be released back into the forests and meadows and backyards of Napa County!
And don’t miss the opportunity to attend “A Wild Night at the Castle” on Saturday, April 4th beginning at 7 p.m. This exciting inaugural Gala will be held at the Castello di Amorosa located on St. Helena Highway in Calistoga. Tickets to the fundraiser include savory delights paired with premier Napa wines and a stroll through the Great Hall and Courtyard while listening to live music. You will have the amazing opportunity to meet some of the wildlife ambassadors up-close and personal including owls, hawks, raptors and our very own Posey the Opossum! This is also time to learn about the exciting plans for the growth of the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County along with all of the wonderful work currently being done! There will also be unique and one-of-a-kind Silent Auction items available. And if you love the fast and furious excitement of a Live Auction, join them in the lower depths of the Castle’s Barrel Room! Get your tickets now before they sell out!
Thanks to all of you who joined us for the live show. For those of you who missed it, please enjoy the show now! Episode 5 – Napa Valley Vegan Goes Wild
And as always…eat, drink & be vegan!