The 2017 event will continue to put emphasis on a variety of "live" animal presentations along with providing unique opportunities to experience nature in a positive and meaningful way. .
SCHEDULED PROGRAMS: The Balsam Mountain Trust will feature some of their "flying" raptors along with a variety of other birds of prey, including an American Eagle. On Friday afternoon, one of our very popular wildlife educators, Carlton Burke, will do a special free admission, "Owls-Masters of the Night" presentation for the Sapphire Valley campers, Boys and Girls Club and other area youth groups. Burke will also do a Saturday morning program featuring some of WNC's mammals, reptiles and snakes. Rob Gudger and his wolves will be doing a unique program centering on a National Geographic presentation titled, "Wolves, Wolf-Dogs and Our Dogs". One of the all time MWD favorites, Wildlife Wonders from the North Georgia Zoo, will bring in a variety of their animals from "Around the World".
A popular outdoor aspect on Friday morning involves hikes to scenic area locations, led by expert hike leaders. In addition, the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, hopefully will provide another informative "Bird Walk" to learn more about our area birds. These activities are free, however, advance sign-up at the Sapphire Valley Community Center is required.
Friday night includes the opening of MWD's Silent Auction. A very special guest, comedian Geraldine Regan and her puppet, "Ricky" will entertain the audience on Friday night. Geraldine is a highly regarded performer and brings Ricky to life for the audience! Bill Lea, who has been a part of all 13 past MWD events, will be sharing some of his outstanding photographs and Caring for Creation comments during the second portion of Friday night's program.
Plans are to continue the Silent Auction. It is amazing how many children and adults have had unique wildlife experiences provided for them throughout the school year with items donated by area businesses,organizations and purchased by MWD attendees.Those involved in the Silent Auction will have made possible 14 presentations for an estimated 1200 to 1300 students and adults during the academic school year!