Healthy Wildlife? Cheers to That


Those of us who enjoy an adult beverage now and thenand for the purposes of this article let us stipulate that “now and then” means whenever is prudent and appropriate, contributing solely to comraderie and good cheermight be pleased with the prospect that our drinking can help save wild animals.

Every year, the McClellan Park-based Wildlife Care Association receives and treats some 6,000 injured, orphaned or displaced birds and other wild animals. The nonprofit, volunteer-based organization relies on donations and a few grants to provide a compassionate service that many critter-loving Sacramentans have come to rely upon.

During the pandemic, the WCA has experienced an increase in the number of “patients” that are brought in for care.

We took in 500-plus more birds and small animals in August than this time last year,” reports WCA publicist Rick ReedWith everyone staying home more eyes on backyards has brought many more to us seeking to save their wildlife.

You can help by donating via the WCA’s website, but this fall there are a couple of other fun options to consider.

On Oct. 24, Kevin Luther of Voluptuary Wines is having a virtual fundraiser with a live online tasting event. Five dollars from every wine kit ordered goes toward the WCA. Kits, which start at $29, consist of five different wines and “tasting notes, food pairing suggestions as well as music, lifestyle and literary pairings,” according to the Voluptuary webpage on which you can place your order.

Whereas you probably would be enjoying those wines in the evening (let us stipulate for this article), during the daylight you could venture outside (cautiously, perhaps wearing a mask) to take pictures of birds that are flittering about your yard or neighborhood. Enter your favorite image or images in WCA’s sixth annual 2020 Wildlife Care Photo Contest. Children ages 12 and younger can submit pictures for free, while all other participants are asked to donate $5 per entry.

Keep you eye on WCA’s Wildlife Care Association Facebook page for more information, including how to enter the contest, which runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.