Speaker Series

Subject:          Wildlife Rehabilitation: Raptors, Reptiles & More
        Karen McElmurry, Director, Center for Wildlife
When:             Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where:           Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library for the third presentation of our 2008/2009 Winter Speaker Series. The presentation, ‘Wildlife Rehabilitation: Raptors, Reptiles & More’ will feature Karen McElmurry, Director of the Center for Wildlife in York.

For twenty-two years, the Center has been a wildlife rehabilitation facility, its staff and volunteers have provided care for sick and injured wildlife until they can be released back into the wild. The Center's mission also extends to providing information and education to the general public - raising awareness of the many wonderful wild species that live among us and a heightened sensitivity to the impacts we humans have on their lives. Today, the Center treats 1600 animals a year from over 200 different species of wild birds, small mammals and reptiles and is one of the largest rehabilitators in New England.
Karen McElmurry is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with 23 years of experience. In 1986 she interned at the Treehouse Wildlife Center in Brighton, Illinois, then headed to the renowned Owl Foundation in Ontario, Canada for another internship. The famous Kay McCeaver inspired in Karen an undying passion for owls, which is still evident to anyone who sees Karen with CFW barred owl Bianca on her arm. Karen began her career at the Center for Wildlife, when it was then only a couple years old, and was housed in a trailer with no running water. Karen has been at the Center ever since, and her vision of wildlife rehabilitation is the guiding force behind the Center’s work. In 2000, Karen was named “Maine Rehabilitator of the Year” by Re-Maine Wild.


The FOMB Winter Speaker Series takes place monthly from October-May usually on the first Thursday. The January presentation, ‘Land for Maine’s Future: Protect It While We Can’ features Tim Glidden, Director of the State’s Land for Maine’s Future program. This event will take place 7pm. Thursday January 8th at Bowdoin’s Cram Alumni House 83 Federal St., Brunswick following the FOMB Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper, both open to the public. The series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay with support and valuable door prizes from Patagonia Outlet in Freeport.  
To receive more information on FOMB’s programs call Misty Gorski, Executive Coordinator, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, at 582-5608 or fomb@gwi.net. Full speaker schedule and biographies are available on the web at www.friendsofmerrymeetingbay.org <http://www.friendsofmerrymeetingbay.org/> .
PS.  For those of you that missed it or would like to repeat the experience, our November Speaker Series presentation "Growing Up the Hard Way" featuring Jake Bishop, is now playing on Public Access channel Brunswick TV3

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