Donations to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s rehabilitation hospital are down 25 percent from a year ago, and officials are asking for money before the busy spring season when the hospital is overwhelmed with sick and injured baby birds and mammals. It costs nearly half a million dollars to operate the 60-year-old organization, and they are currently $100,000 short (more than 95 percent of the hospital’s funding comes from private donations).
Lindsay is an extremely important hospital, and one of the few places in the Bay Area where citizens who find injured wildlife can bring them for treatment. Last year the hospital took in 5,500 injured wild animals, including foxes, opossums, eagles, hawks, and many types of birds. In fact, Lindsay has cared for more than 27,500 animals in the past five years alone. Every time a citizen brings an injured animal to the hospital, it also provides a crucial opportunity for education, while the museum at Lindsay provides educational programs for more than 40,000 school children each year.
Donations can be made to Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 or online at www.wildlife-museum.org (click on “support”). Please note on your check or online that your donation is to be earmarked for the wildlife hospital.