By Jeffrey Fosgate
Edited by Jakob Saucier
February 23, 2017, Mather Auditorium - Three Southern Maine wildlife organizations, the Wells Reserve, The Center For Wildlife, and York County Audubon, will be teaming up once again to express to the public the beauty of Southern Maine’s diverse and complex systems of wildlife.
The event, being referred to as a “Winter Wildlife Day & Snow Day” by the organizations involved, will run on February 23, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, will begin and conclude at Mather Auditorium in Wells, and will consist of a variety of planned-out, pro-wildlife events that actively encourage the community members involved to get active and truly observe Maine’s wildlife up front.
From 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, The Center of Wildlife will give a presentation on the wildlife of Maine featuring real, living animals, which will undoubtedly support the center’s sworn mission “to build a sustainable future for wildlife in our community through medical treatment, rehabilitation, educational outreach, research, and conservation activities”, in accordance to its own website.
From 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, a tracking walk, a time for arts and crafts, and even a recital of children’s storybook A Porcupine’s Promenade by local Maine author Lyn Smith will all commence, teaching even children of young ages to preserve and protect Maine’s wildlife however possible.
As a final conclusion to this event, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, a free, invigorating period of snowshoeing, skiing, and sledding across over seven miles of skiing trails and hilly terrain will serve as an exciting last event for the entire family, before relaxing and warming up with hot cocoa, snowman decorating, and a massive bonfire.
Every organization involved shows history of supporting wildlife and encouraging the communities around them to do the same.
The Wells Reserve, for instance, was founded under the same principles of preservation and protection as the principles which they will provoke throughout this event, and to this day owns over 2,000 acres of land for the sole purpose of preservation and protection of natural resources.
York County Audubon provokes a very similar message with their chapter-wide mission being “to foster understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the natural world through the education of present and future generations”, according to their website, which the chapter does not fail to encourage with their various volunteering opportunities, their diverse and equally similar staff behind the program, and their scholarship applications, which they reward to tutors, informers, and otherwise knowledgeable people on the subject of animal preservation.
This event will be host to a wide array of live animals, which the audience can observe and learn more about. Hosting live animals during a presentation will engage the viewers into a whole new level of interaction with its own surrounding wildlife. (Image retrieved at http://www.yorkcountyaudubon.org/events/winter-wildlife-day-snow-day)In addition, The Center of Wildlife’s rise to prominence in Maine tells an inspiring tale of how the entire association was once run off of a trailer with no running water, before sprouting into the blossoming advocacy it is today, and actively participating in research opportunities, wildlife explorations, and community service all across Maine. It is clear to see that the organizations involved in this event all serve for a similar purpose, and wish to advocate for similar purposes.
Overall, this event is the perfect, harmonic correlation of three groups with similar aspirations in Maine to present to the public an exemplary presentation on the wildlife of Maine. Children and adults of all ages can and will learn something new with this fascinating experience, and will be rewarded for their caring support with a unique and exciting trip through the wildlife of Maine. Again, this event will be on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Mather Auditorium in Wells, starting at 10:00 AM and ending at 2:00 PM of that day. The supporters of Maine’s wildlife preservationists, and the very wildlife of Maine, cordially invite the public to take part in this experience not rivaled by many others like it, to actively learn about the preservation of Maine’s wildlife and how to partake in it.
You can learn more about the event using this link (http://www.yorkcountyaudubon.org/events/winter-wildlife-day-snow-day), and you can learn more about Wells Reserve (https://www.wellsreserve.org), The Center of Wildlife (https://www.thecenterforwildlife.org), and York County Audubon (http://www.yorkcountyaudubon.org) using their respective links.
he Wells Reserve was founded when a historic building in Maine, Laudholm Farm, was at risk for being developed upon, and activists banded together to petition the forces behind the plans and successfully prevent the further development of Laudholm Farm. Today, The Wells Reserve uses Laudholm Farm as an HQ to not only represent their historically common pushes for preservation of history, but as a direct message of inspiration towards those who seek for the same wishes. (Image retrieved at http://www.wellsreserve.org/preservation/)
Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, https://www.wellsreserve.org. Accessed 30 January, 2017.
The Center for Wildlife, Center for Wildlife, 2016, https://www.thecenterforwildlife.org. Accessed 30 January, 2017.
York County Audubon, York County Audubon, 2017, http://www.yorkcountyaudubon.org. Accessed 30 January, 2017.
Center For Wildlife
The Center of Wildlife is a community striving for the complete preservation of Maine’s still-standing woodlands, and in this video, the commitment this organization has appears often. In this video, The Center of Wildlife’s executive director, Kristen Lamb, gives viewers a brief run-down on what the organization’s missions are, and how they have taken action to accomplish that mission, by providing viewers with multiple clips of their community service and support towards the community affecting whole varieties of audiences that not too many other organizations like it can claim to attract like The Center of Wildlife can. (Video retrieved at https://www.thecenterforwildlife.org/virtual-tour)