Fall 2018 Membership Meeting Recap
Becky Choi was introduced as WRL’s new Volunteer Coordinator. Elena Bailey was announced as the new Development Committee Chair.
Tony Bulmer, a naturalist with Fairfax County Park Authority, and Mark Khosravi, a snake and amphibian rescuer and school teacher, enthralled the audience with their information on mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Their presentation included a live snake (always a crowd pleaser – at least with this crowd!), a painted turtle rescued from the Fairfax County Parkway on their way to our event and lots of useful information about coyotes, red and grey fox, the types of snakes in Virginia and the fact that feral hogs are beginning to move into the Northern Virginia area. Lots of questions were asked and answered and Mark even demonstrated how to capture and release a snake-without using the real snake!
Ed Ehlers with his Australian Shepherd dogs, Tucker and Max, were on hand to sell copies of his latest children’s book “Deer Oh Deer”, a book about how Ed, Max and Tucker rescued a young deer entangled in branches in a pond. Ten percent (10%) of the sale of each book will go to WRL and our logo is displayed on the front and back of each book, as well prominently mentioned on the dedication page. Many thanks to Ed and Emely Pascual, his illustrator.
Kudos and many thanks also to Michael Zuiker, Wild Birds Unlimited, who donated a one-year gift certificate for bird seed to be raffled at the meeting. Michelle Carter Hilton, volunteer transporter, was the lucky winner.
Membership meetings are a great opportunity for volunteers who work together by phone to meet face-to face with each other and with our area rehabilitators, and for members to see who is doing the work of the League on their behalf. Plan to attend the December meeting, December 2nd at the Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA. Annual board elections will take place, as well as a special presentation by Randy Francis, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, on the new regulations, effective February 1, 2019, regarding rehabilitators, apprentices and volunteers. It will be a very lively discussion, to say the least!