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"If you talk to the animals
They will talk to you
and you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them,
You will not know them,
And what you do not know
You will fear.
What one fears one destroys."
- Chief Dan George

Black Creek Wildlife Station News

In early October, Gary and I went to our NYS annual wildlife seminar. This year it was held in Catskill, N.Y. We were fortunate to have many veterinarians and college professors who teach at veterinary schools to lead the lectures and labs. We were able to attend six classes, including: Fluid Therapy; Suture Techniques; Avian Fractures; Common Diseases of Wild Song Birds; Medical Math Reviews; and Telephone Skills. The seminar lasted three days and there were many more interesting topics but time permitted attendance at only those few.

Shortly after our return from the seminar, we discovered that the Department of Environmental Conservation was having an informational meeting at the Churchville-Chili High School. The subject was “Bears,” and how to live and get along with them. The information was interesting and educational. We came away with four copies of the DVD, Living With New York Black Bears. It is a fascinating film of all North American bears as well as the Black Bears. We are willing to loan a copy to those who would like to learn more about living with our Black Bears. There is also a copy at the Newman-Riga Library.

Does a bear ...

... I guess they do!

Special Thanks:
We have a great piece of news we would like to share with our readers. The Waste Management Charitable Foundation sent us a grant. We would like to thank Cindy Jessop, our liaison to the Riga Mill Seat Landfill, for arranging this for us. Most of the money will be spent to replace our very old and leaky barn roof. Our critters deserve a restful dry place in which to recover.

We Need You & Your Article Ideas:
Now and then, it is difficult for me to come up with a new and interesting subject about which to write. If you have a favorite topic or animal you would like to know more about, please contact us via Critter Mail.

                                                                                                   Submitted by
                                                                                                   Trish Zimmerma





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