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Birds of a Feather Flock Together {or do they?}

Well, as it turns out, not all birds act alike or do the same things, after all. Different birds have different bird communication, colors, nesting habits and other things that set them apart. Recently, we took one of our favorite munchkins to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. I had no idea what we had in store, but the husband grew up in Walnut Creek, so he knew all about what a great place it is to learn about birds, like find out what a bald eagle eats for lunch, but also get up close and personal with mammals, like a gray fox.  In fact, you can discover more about the unique natural history of over 50 species of live, non-releasable native California animals on display, and it changes every four months.  They’ll even let you have a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the wildlife hospital where they care for injured animals. Their website has a lot of great information about what to do if you find an injured animal and how to transport it to their center. What does this have to do with thrift stores?  Well, nothing really, but we like to support non-profit organizations (like thrift stores do) and they used to have a thrift store.

Kids get to learn about the environment in an interactive setting.  They have nature and science-oriented classes and trips for both adults and children, and more than 600 volunteers help feed and care for the wild animals, most of which are brought in after being found injured in the wild.  This unique museum not only teaches children and adults about nature, but they have a slew of pretty cool programs, like “Animal Sounds” and “Incredible Insects and Beautiful Bugs” where kids get a more in-depth view on a particular topic of interest.   There are even longer programs, like “Springtime Hikes” where kids age 5 to 10 can traipse around the Mt. Diablo foothills for 3 blissful weeks to find out what kinds of plants and animals live there, and they’ve got an amazing Summer camp program.  Plus, you can rent out the museum for parties.  If you’ve got kids, I highly recommend a trip to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.  For only 5 bucks for kids and 7 bucks for adults, it’s a great way to spend time with the kiddos, and we should all support the great work that this non-profit does for our animals!

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 First Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA  94597

(925) 935-1978

http://www.wildlife-museum.org 

 

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