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Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer
Come down and bring the whole family for the Baby Owl Shower at the Audubon Center for Birds in Maitland on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 10am – 2pm. Each Spring the Center holds its annual Baby Owl Shower to raise funds to offset the increased costs during baby season. Join us for a day of activities plus special visits with the Center’s Ambassador birds. Non-releasable baby raptors will be available to view (pending). Admission is “free” that day with an item from our wish list that is used in caring for these young raptors.
Driving from Orlando to Maitland is only a short drive. Check your GPS for the best route. Due to the popularity of this event we encourage carpooling. There is a limited amount of parking space near the center. Plus, there is offsite parking available at St. Lawrence AME Church located at 549 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville, FL 32751, which is just a $5 donation.
This day would not be possible without the participating community sponsors from Orange Audubon Society, Art & History Museums-Maitland, Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society/Pine Lily Chapter Native plant society, UCF Entomology Club, Maitland Public Library
The reason why the Audubon Center host this event every year to raise money and collect supplies to help support the new birds coming into this world. Spring is coming and with it brings baby bird season. During “baby season,” as the Center calls it, the clinic receives approximately 20% of our annual patient load. Most of these young birds have been temporarily displaced from their nests. The Center’s ultimate goal is to get all these babies back into the wild where they belong. Many of these babies will be reunited with their families or placed in foster nests. Others that are orphaned or that cannot be returned with their families are being raised and prepared for life in the wild. Center staff spends many hours educating the public on what to do if they find a baby bird and if the bird is in need of help. The best procedure is to get the baby back up into the nest with its parents if at all possible.
Funds raised will be used to buy food, medications, medical care and other essential supplies. To give you an idea of what it takes to care for these youngsters, a typical season looks like this:
- FOOD…287 pounds of fish, 148 quail, 595 chicks, 679 mice, 93 rats, 5000 crickets and 4000 mealworms. We went through 2 knives and three pairs of scissors cutting it all up into baby-size portions!
- HYDRATION…12,000ml of fluids were administered.
- CLEAN-UP…we washed 956 baby blankets and used 150 pounds of newspaper.
- LABOR…500+ volunteer hours were donated to rescue, feed, clean cages and care for the babies.
The Audubon Center needs your help! Please donate to help these birds get back into their natural habitat. For more information go to http://fl.audubon.org/chapters-centers/baby-owl-shower . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. Also, join to be one of our followers at otownfun on WordPress. For more great events, places, and articles, please visit us out at http://www.otownfun.com
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Source of information from the Audubon Florida website