MWR Minute – February 2024

February saw a slowdown in our patient intake, but MWR was still busy providing conservation and environmental education programs. Thanks to the hard work of local community members and MWR volunteers and board members we were able to open the closed sections of the ARK trails to the public. We encourage everyone to enjoy the early signs of spring on all 2 miles of our ARK trails.

MWR was invited to participate in the Horn Lake High School student career program. Executive Director, Mykl Wallrath, and Wildlife Director, Stephanie Hogan, were interviewed for their YouTube channel providing inspiration and useful advice for students interested in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation careers

Patient Update:
This month we admitted 12 new patients into care including 10 birds, 1 snake and 1 turtle.

Sponsor Thank You:
A big Thank You to the following people who answered the call to sponsor our rehab patients through
Sponsorship Sunday this month.

  • Jeff Leathers
  • Lisa O’Connor
  • Penny Gallenbeck
  • Tammy Hill
  • Marsha Klimetz

Your gift is life-giving for these animals. Keep an eye out for upcoming Sponsorship Sunday

Program update:
MWR supported the US Army Corps of Engineers’ week long Environmental Stewardship training program, providing a tour of our wildlife hospital to 40 staff members from all over the country. One person came all the way from Hawaii. The highlight of the day was getting to meet our ambassador education birds. Black vulture Vinny was especially a crowd pleaser. MWR is so grateful for the valued partnership we have with the USACE.

Kids and adults alike were fascinated to learn all about Isopods in our February workshop. Thank you MWR volunteer Natalie Rodgers for sharing your knowledge and personal collection of amazing isopods. Participants got to set up their very own mini habitat and select from a variety of isopods species to take home and raise. See more at MWR’s Facebook post.

Looking Ahead:
There are still spaces left to register for our upcoming Wildlife Summer Camp and Nature Art Summer camp. And we are taking applications for 2 full scholarships to each camp in memory of our founder Valery Smith.

Part 1 of our Backyard Habitat Workshop series is this coming Saturday 3/9 at 10am. Learn how to provide shelter for native wildlife and build a bluebird house to take home. There is still time to register for this workshop.

Learn more about these great programs at our MWR events page.

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