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This young Opossum was found, after probably falling off its mom’s back. It was cared for by one of WR&R rehabbers for 2 months. This photo was taken by Ann Westling as it left its cage and headed out into the wild.

NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 16, 2018 – Imagine a warm fall evening filled with the lilting sound of a mandolin, concertina and harp; the enticing aroma of tacos by Maria’s Restaurant; and an array of rich desserts with wonderful wines, as you stroll through beautiful nursery grounds. The eighth annual, “Where the Wild Things Are – A Celebration for Wildlife” sponsored by Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release will be held at Prospector’s Nursery in Nevada City on September 8 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join the volunteers from Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release for one of the nicest evenings of the year as well as an important fundraiser. All proceeds from the evening will go towards providing care for injured or orphaned wild songbirds, raptors, small mammals and bats and their release back to the wild.

With their lively toe-tapping instrumentals, Margie and Greg Mirken from Three Times Through accompanied by Harpist Lisa Stine will be playing throughout the evening. Featured instruments include Irish harp, banjo, mandolin, concertina, and guitar in their tradition-based Celtic music of Ireland, Spain and France.

Lucchesi Winery will be pouring several of their award winning wines. A taco bar from Maria’s Restaurant and homemade salads and luscious desserts will round out the menu. Raffle and silent auction items will include wildlife themed treasures with special opportunities to attend the release of a hawk or owl into the wild as well as having the wildlife ambassadors visit your club, class, or event.

Western Screech-Owl wrapped in a towel for treatment and weighing. This small owl had a foxtail in its eye. It was successfully treated and released. Photo by Ann Westling

These Wildlife Ambassadors will circulate during the evening and include a Great Horned Owl, a Western Screech-Owl, an American Crow, a Red-tailed Hawk, and a Barn Owl. The spectacular birds travel to various events, capturing the hearts of all who meet them with their natural beauty, calm demeanor and educational messages.

Advance tickets are $50 for one or $90 for two (or $60/$100 at the door) and include a goodie bag filled with surprises. Advance tickets can be purchased at Lucchesi Winery, Prospector’s Nursery, Wild Birds Unlimited, WR&R Intake Center (until the end of August) and online via PayPal www.cawildife911.org (all PayPal purchases must be by September 4th).

The money raised at this event provides for the needs of orphaned and injured native wildlife including food, caging, medication, and vet treatment

What: Where the Wild Things Are – A Celebration for Wildlife

Who: Sponsored by Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release

Where: Prospector’s Nursery, 10003 Granholm Lane, Nevada City

When: Saturday evening, September 8 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: Advance tickets – $50 for one or $90 for 2 ($60/$100 at the door)

For Information: Bernell – 530-273-0445; Wildlife Intake Center until Aug 31 (530-477-5774); or WRR’s website: http://www.cawildlife911.org