It’s NOT TOO LATE to Invest in Children & Wildlife in 2016!

     An Investment in Children at PWC is an Investment in the Future of the Planet!

YOUR investment has had an extraordinary impact on the children in our day camps throughout the year.

At Piedmont Wildlife Center, children meet the amazing teachers that are hidden in animals, plants, shadows, in sunlight and in rain. They get dirty, (We’re known for our dirt!) have fun & take part in an incredible foray into the wild.

Right now, your continued support will allow us to help children in our community to deepen their appreciation for nature and wildlife, stimulate their curiosity of the natural world, and become inspired by connecting with wildlife and the environment.
This year nearly 100 children from Durham, Orange and Wake County attended nature camps, field trips and school programs through our scholarship fund supported in large part by your generosity. Without these funds, these children may not have had the chance to freely play outside or discover what lives in a creek, or create a shelter from natural materials or harvest foods from nature or build a fire.
YOU have helped us make a difference in their lives.    

“Our family’s involvement with Piedmont Wildlife Center has been an amazing experience. Not only do my children have a broad knowledge of many species of local flora and fauna, but also, the dedicated, nurturing leaders at PWC have helped my children to develop confidence and solid skills that make them ready and willing to take action wherever they can help. I can’t think of better preparation for life “in the real world” than being able to identify what needs to be done and having the knowledge and confidence to do it!” …Liz, parent of two PWC children, ages 8 and 14.

Help Wildlife by Investing in Box Turtles or WildNet

“My dog caught a baby rabbit.”

“I found a box turtle with a cracked shell.”

“There are raccoon babies under my porch.”

“There’s a sick looking fox in my yard.”

“We found an owl in the soccer net at school.”

“I found a dead opossum with babies in her pouch.”

Imagine an Emergency Triage Service just for injured wildlife and you have WildNet.  WildNet is a telephone hotline, manned by volunteers who advise callers on the best course of action for injured and/or abandoned wildlife. If we can give advice we do.  And, sometimes the best action is ‘no’ action. When needed we refer them to local rehabber’s who can assist further.

This year, over 580 wild animals, like the ones listed above, were assisted, rescued or rehabilitated due to the network of community volunteers who work the WildNet Hotline and callers who knew to call WildNet!

Here’s how WildNet helped recently:

“We found a nest of baby mice in our outdoor grill. We didn’t know what to do. A few had already died, but we called WildNet to find out how we could help save the others. They advised us to make a ‘fake’ nest of tissues and leaf litter and leave it near the grill giving the mother an opportunity to return and retrieve her babies. The next day, to our excitement, the mother had come and taken them to a safer location. I was so glad to talk to a real person who gave us great advice. Everyone should know about WildNet!” …. Chuck W.  WildNet caller

With your support, we can help hundreds more and spread the word about WildNet through more outreach programs and education.  Here’s the WildNet number just in case!  919/572-WILD

YOU can help reach more people through WildNet!

Meet AOW.  We learned a lot about box turtles this year as our interns continued to monitor the transmitter turtles like AOW, collecting more data on his home range, food sources, etc.  Camp kids helped with marking and data collection of other box turtles residing in or moving through the park.  Over 75 people participated in our citizen science box turtle project to help monitor turtles in urban areas. We still need to gather more data to complete the big picture.

Our new turtle photo ID project is almost a reality because of your past support! We recently met with “WildTrack” to see the status of the photo ID software. All year we have been collecting photos of box turtles to determine if the software can accurately identify individual turtles. We took multiple photos of 34 turtles. The program was unaware that there were 34 individual turtles when we uploaded 281 images to the program. Based on specific measurements of the scutes (scales in turtle language), the program detected 34 individual turtles out of the 281 images with a 100% probability! That’s a pretty smart program! Sky, of WildTrack, said “There is a very high likelihood that this will work for a larger population. As we increase our database we will find out!!” The program can also determine the probability of there being 33 turtles (a 29.7% chance) or 35 turtles (only a 3.8% chance). That is, the computer knows it’s most likely correct. This tells us that as we add on more photos the program will determine if the photo is a new turtle or if it’s a turtle already in the database. If the turtle is already in the database the program will be able to tell you which turtle it is. Pretty amazing!

YOU can help protect the future of box turtles in North Carolina (and maybe throughout their region)! 


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Piedmont Wildlife Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people to develop positive lifelong connections with the natural world and encouraging active engagement in conservation.We depend upon your contributions to continue to meet the needs of our community through camps, afterschool programs and conservation projects.