Our summer reading program All Together Now invites families to come see us for a special presentation of An Extravaganza of Fur & Feathers, and you can meet some beautiful & interesting critters!

@ Yancey County Public Library on Thursday, June 22 at 11am

@Avery Morrison Public Library on Monday, June 26 at 11am

@Mitchell County Public Library (Bakersville) on Tuesday, June 27 at 11am 

More about the program:

There is nothing that drives home the beauty of the wilderness as deeply as an encounter with one of its natural inhabitants. The May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center employs non-releasable native birds of prey, songbirds and mammals as educational ambassadors who represent their wild-living counterparts. Each animal ambassador has been injured and can no longer survive in the wild, and is utilized to illustrate ecological concepts, human impacts and relationships and the importance of wildlife rehabilitation in our world today.

Nina Fischesser, the Director of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute, is licensed by NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and US Fish and Wildlife Service, and has been rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife since 1989. She served as the founding president of the Wildlife Rehabilitators of North Carolina (WRNC). She previously served as a field instructor for The North Carolina Outward Bound School, spending the spring, summer and fall months in the woods with kids, young adults, and other populations. She earned a MA Environmental Education and Communication. Nina has conducted wildlife programs for schools, camps, civic, and religious groups, in the 8 county region of western North Carolina for over 20 years. Her passion for the wild creatures that we share this earth with inspires people to appreciate each species and their role in the chain of life.

The animals are all trained to be in a classroom setting and are tethered to the handler when necessary to ensure the safety of the attendees, (and animals).