It’s springtime at Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center, and that can only mean one thing: babies, lots of them. Bunnies, and squirrels and birds and foxes. Some are injured, some are orphans, and all were found alone and brought to Aark by concerned humans who know that, in the wild, babies without mothers just don’t survive. Here, at this busy Bucks County refuge and wildlife hospital, a team of dedicated (and often sleep deprived) volunteers are on the job 24/7 to make sure these vulnerable little creatures get a chance to grow and thrive so they can be released back into the wild as soon as possible.
Each year, Aark cares for more than 5,000 injured and orphaned animals, making it the busiest wildlife rehabilitation center in the Delaware Valley, and one of the busiest on the East Coast. Animals treated at Aark include deer, raccoons, foxes, turtles, groundhogs, and birds of all sizes including owls, hawks and other birds of prey.
The non-profit Aark is funded solely by donations. So, twice a year–spring and fall–the organization hosts a Family Open House to showcase its facilities, educate the public about the wildlife in their backyards, and to help raise funds to purchase the special milk, food and medical supplies vital to their mission.
This year’s Spring Open House will take place Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 from 11am-4pm rain or shine at their Chalfont location: 1531 Upper Stump Road. In addition to animal encounters, the day will feature self-guided tours, children’s activities, face painting, picnic food, music and a special silent auction. Admission is $15/car (Free for Aark members). For more information, call 215-249-1938.