.OUR FUTURE GOALS
As we mark the completion of the Messinger Woods
wildlife hospital, our fundraising efforts must continue to serve
wildlife and our community
by developing the following:
- Become a New York
State central control oil spill and emergency wildlife disaster
headquarters, capable of handling disasters that may affect our
- Develop an educational
lecture hall that will provide continued quality on site programs to
the citizens of our community.
- Develop guided
educational trails for schools, civic groups and the general public.
Wildlife natural history, biology, entomology, botany, habitats and
ecosystems will be a part of every program.
WOODS IN THE MEDIA
Messinger Woods has been a popular topic with
the local media. We have been featured on the A.M. Buffalo television
show, as well as on the cable network program "Human Touch."
In addition, local television news stations, channels 2, 4, and 7 have
aired human-interest segments about the work and progress of Messinger
Woods. We have periodically appeared in the Buffalo News, as well as all
the local community newspapers, Bee Publications and several radio talk
shows. As the public awareness of Messinger Woods has grown, so has our
volume of wildlife related calls. All of our local media sources have
informed us that they will continue to follow our progress.
A WORD ABOUT OUR EDUCATION
The name Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and
Education Center, obviously indicates our primary function of providing
care to debilitated wildlife. What is not obvious, by name alone, are
the other community services provided by this organization. Messinger
Woods has been a catalyst for Boy Scout projects that helped to enable
these young men to earn their rank of Eagle Scout. Messinger Woods has
also hosted a Scout Camporee complete with 12 educational stations. Our
volunteer opportunities have aided others to complete community service
hours, and our public education programs have been provided to
elementary, high school, and university level students. We have also
conducted lectures and programs for church organizations, Rotary clubs,
Conservation clubs, Kiwanis clubs, Welcome Wagons, Senior citizen
facilities, Garden clubs, nature centers, local businesses,
environmental organizations, and the general public at fairs and trade
shows. Our programs can include live educational wildlife, videos or
other visuals, and lectures about wildlife rehabilitation, species
natural history, or the environment. There is no charge for our
programs, but donations are always appreciated.
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