In Mercer County, as we’re out enjoying nature in one of the many parks or trails, we might encounter a wide array of wildlife, like squirrels, deer, and owls. Occasionally, we might even encounter a bear or a coyote. Ultimately, we all live together in one habitat, and the Mercer County Wildlife Center’s vision is “to preserve native wildlife and the one habitat we all share”.
Currently, the Pennington Public Library is encouraging the community to support Wildlife Center Friends, a partner of the Mercer County Wildlife Center. Its mission is “to support efforts to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife and their habitats through collaborative partnerships and education.”
The Wildlife Center rescues and provides rehabilitation for wildlife as well as raises awareness about the threats that wildlife face. In 2016, the Wildlife Center helped over 2,300 wildlife, including owls, falcons, and foxes. The cost to treat so many animals is extraordinary- in three months, nearly $20,000 may be spent on care alone!
The Pennington Library is aiding the Wildlife Center by running a supply drive ending on August 4. Most needed items include paper towels, bleach, trash bags, postage stamps (Forever, Rolls, or Books), perfume and dye-free liquid detergent, and heating pads. A complete list of items can be found at the library, and the collection box is located by the front entrance.
In the past, the Wildlife Center has hosted community events, such as the Save Wild Community Fest and the Wild Earth Day Celebration. The Wildlife Center will continue their community outreach by opening an Outdoor Education Environment this summer. This education center will be open the public, and visitors will have the chance to interact with the education animals. Stay tuned for their opening hours.
Please join the Pennington Public Library’s efforts to support the Wildlife Center! To learn more about the Wildlife Center and their efforts to preserve wildlife, visit their website: http://www.wildlifecenterfriends.org/.