Archive for March, 2013

Easter Basket Fund Raising Event – GET STUFFED!

Our thanks to the wonderful people of Epiphany Church for letting us sell our Easter Baskets at their church again this year. Special thanks to church member Karen for organizing/helping us.  The Easter Basket Bonanza (as well call it)  is not only an important fund raising event for East Valley Wildlife, but also it helps the church’s Children’s Crisis Center.  The congregation buys baskets for the Crisis Center children and EVW donates baskets as well to the Center.  Definitely a win-win situation!  One of the reasons for the baskets also is to encourage people to GET STUFFED….that is to buy stuffed toys/animlas for children as Easter gifts…not real baby ducklings and chicks.  Yes, we know those little live  bundles of fluff are irresistable, but remember they grow rapidly and are NOT low maintenance.  Ducklings needs lots of proper care to survive and can be quite messy for such a small bird! If they survive to adulthood they need plenty of space to roam and forage..they will not thrive if kept in a cage.  If you are tempted to “give the bird its freedom” onto a local lake or pond – they will not survive.  Those tame birds are destined for a horrid death through starvation (they do not have the necessary skills to forage for themselves and are bullied by wild ducks) and often fall prey to animal (or human) predators.  So think twice about buying a live animal for Easter and GET STUFFED!!!

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Ostrich Festival in ChandlerArizona

For family fun you can’t beat the 25th annual Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Arizona.  Today, Sunday, is the final day, but the events go on into the evening.  There are, of course, ostrich races; also trick riding and roping; dog antics; rides; a petting zoo and a carnival-like atmosphere with great food.  Look up Ostrich Festival Chandler using your search engine to get more details.  This is the 25th hear for this popular event in Chandler!  I am blogging about it because Lisa’s Creatures are due to be one of the attractions at the festival again this year.  Check out the East alley Wildlife website   www.eastvalleywildlife.org for Lisa’s Creatures Facebook page to see her exotic animals.  See you at the Ostrich Festival!

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Hawk Visits Condo

On a recent visit I made to my niece’s condo in Colorado, I was delighted to see a rare visit from a hawk.  My niece’s condo is on the eleventh floor of a large hi-rise condominium building in Denver.  The hawk seemed unfazed that he was only two feet from the terrace door window! The bird has been an “irregular” visit to the condo for months.  The railing perch gives him an uninterrupted view of the large park across the street from the building.  Likely the hawk finds that perch a perfect location to do his hunting.  My niece is hoping that he does not find a mate and build a more permanent nest on her terrace. 

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Board Meeting and Facebook

The recent Board Meeting of East Valley Wildlife was a success in many ways.  First, we had the best attendance ever, with twelve participants, each sharing valuable ideas and information.  Secondly, the meeting kicked off the inception of our Facebook page, which will be hosted by our Director Nancy.  So now we are able to say…”visit us on Facebook”…for articles, photos, and stories.

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