UPDATE ON 14TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE DAYS
The 14th Annual Mountain Wildlife Days is scheduled for July 14 and 15 at the Sapphire Valley Resort, located 3 miles east of Cashiers. This unique event will continue to put emphasis on a variety of "live" animal presentations, designed to provide unique, exciting educational wildlife experiences for both adults and children.
Scheduled programs for 2017 include: The Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center will feature some of their "flying" raptors along with a variety of birds of prey, including an American Eagle. One of our very popular wildlife educators, Carlton Burke, will do a special "Owls-Masters of the Night" presentation for the SV campers, Boys and Girls Club and other area youth groups on Friday afternoon. Burke will also do a Saturday morning program featuring WNC small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Rob Gudger, a local favorite along with his wolves, will be doing a special program with some emphasis on a recent National Geographic presentation titled, "Wolves, Wolf-Dogs and Our Dogs". One of the all-time MWD favorites, Wildlife Wonders of the North Georgia Zoo, will bring a variety of their animals from "Around the World". Admission for adults on Saturday is $8.00 with children free.
A popular outdoor activity on Friday morning involves hikes to scenic area locations, led by expert hike leaders. In addition, the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society provides an informative "Bird Walk" to learn more about our area birds. Local experts are very helpful in organizing these activities. These are free, however, require a signup at the Sapphire Valley Community Center or call 743-7663 for more information.
In a “special featured attraction”, Geraldine Regan and her puppet, Ricky, will perform on Friday night. Geraldine is a well-known ventriloquist who has performed for Dr. Charles Stanley, Bill Gaither, Greater Vision's "Praisefest" and many other special events around the country. Bill Lea, who has been a part of all 13 past MWD events, will be sharing some of his outstanding world class photographs and Caring for Creation comments. Admission fee for Friday night is $7.00 for adults with children admitted free.
Plans are to continue the Silent Auction. This part of MWD has provided many children and adults, educational and entertaining wildlife experiences throughout the school year. These are made possible by items donated by area businesses and purchased by MWD attendees. Those involved in the Silent Auction will be providing 14 presentations for an estimated 1200 to 1300 students and adults during the academic school year!
John Edwards, Director
Mountain Wildlife Days