Spread the word! W.E.R.C. is holding it's 3rd Annual BOWL-a-Thon in Morgan Hill on Sunday, March 20, 2016.
For several years, I have served as both a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, otherwise known as W.E.R.C.
You have likely seen the local non-profit organization with live non-releasable wildlife at local grocery stores, the Taste of Morgan Hill and many other events.
Since the inception of W.E.R.C. in 1990, all funding has been entirely through donations, fund raising events and occasional grants from civic organizations. No government money is provided to support the mission of rehabilitating local, native wildlife or educating the public.
You might be interested to know that W.E.R.C. has the only educational outreach with live, non-releasable animals in the area. The other organizations with similar missions are being acquired quickly by the humane society. While this assures there will be some level of rehabilitation remaining, they are eliminating the live educational component. Who will lead the critically required education?
W.E.R.C. not only educates the public at large events, it also is invited into all the local schools. Children are provided age-appropriate information on how important our wildlife is. Without the local wildlife, our ecosystem would be out of balance!
Imagine the skies without eagles or hawks. Mornings would not be the same without seeing songbirds flittering about looking for a scrumptious tidbit of food. Even the lands would begin to offend us without opossums and other “garbage collectors” cleaning up.
March 20th, 2016 marks the 3rd Annual BOWL-a-Thon fund raiser for W.E.R.C. You don’t have to bowl to take part! Four owls will be making an afternoon visit outside the Morgan Hill Bowl near Betsy’s Restaurant from the hours of 1:00 to 2:30.
Pictured is the W.E.R.C. Ambassadore "BOWL" Team. From left: Barnadette the barn owl, Owlivia the western screech owl, Wally the northern pygmy owl and Luna the great horned owl.
If you like to bowl, please ask me how to register! The event is open to everyone and skill isn’t the key. Raising money and having fun while learning more about W.E.R.C. are the foundation of this event. In fact, there are prizes for the three participants who raise the most in donations. The shoes, ball and bowling time are generously being donated by Morgan Hill Bowl!
For more information about W.E.R.C., please check their website or stop by and talk to the animal handlers at one of the events. Of course, you could also ask me - I'd be delighted to share more details!
As always, let’s foresee the possibilities . . . and get results!