Devoted to wildlife: The May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center—a year in review

Each summer, as part of their own education, students in the Wildlife Biology and Wildlife Rehabilitation academic programs at Lees-McRae deliver educational wildlife presentations to the community with the assistance of their ambassador animals. These ambassadors are creatures of varied species who, for one reason or another, are unable to be rereleased into the wild. As a result, they become educational partners with Lees-McRae students, and serve as examples of their respective species during these presentations.

After attending one of these presentations in the Banner Elk town park last summer, Tamara S. Randolph at Carolina Mountain Life sat down with Director of the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Nina Fischesser and Veterinarian and Associate Professor Amber McNamara to talk all things wildlife rehab and get the inside scoop on the previous year at the Rehabilitation Center.

Read Randolph’s article on page 63 of the magazine’s Spring 2023 issue to prepare for a new season of wildlife presentations this summer. The first presentation of the season will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 in Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk. These presentations, which are free and open to the public, will be held each week throughout the summer at 1 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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By Maya JarrellMay 11, 2023