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Visit the owls, save an animal

By: Staff Report
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Get up-close and personal with a group of special animals during “An Evening with Owls,” a benefit for the Gold Country Wildlife Rescue. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Bushnell Gardens & Nursery, 5255 Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay. The evening will include desserts and beverage along with wildlife presentations. Mingling with the owls and handlers will provide a rare opportunity for an encounter with magnificent raptors. Parents are encouraged to treat their school-age children to this educational experience. Tickets are $10 per person, in advance; or $15 each at the door. This non- profit organization is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. Trained volunteer rehabilitators are licensed by California Department of Fish & Game to care for and release native wildlife. Each year, this group provides care for hundreds of birds, reptiles and mammals, and relies on memberships and donations to continue its efforts. An example of recent wildlife assistance provided: • 350 songbirds (bluebirds, finches, quail, sparrows, pheasant, robins and mourning doves) • 300 mammals (raccoons, fawns, foxes, jack rabbits, coyotes and opossums) • 30 water fowl and reptiles (wild ducks, Canadian geese, turtles and tortoises) • 40 raptors (screech owls, barn owls, vultures, kestrels, red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks) – Staff Report