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Little hands, lending a lot of help to wildlife

Primarily, I work as a wildlife educator at the Ohio Wildlife Center, but I also teach natural science at a Kindergarten enrichment program. Recently I got an opportunity to combine my efforts from both!

This fall, the Ohio Wildlife Center has had an interesting request for the public, nuts and acorns. Several storms had caused many baby squirrels to be thrown from their nests and washed away. Caring people brought them to the Ohio Wildlife Center’s free wildlife hospital where they will likely stay over winter due to the cold temperatures that are creeping in on us. The nuts and acorns donated will be used to keep the babies fed during this time.

 

 Photo Courtesy of the Ohio Wildlife Center

Photo Courtesy of the Ohio Wildlife Center

Today, the kindergarten class that I teach embarked on a journey to help save some baby squirrels.

 

 The hunt for the acorns proved to be the most thrilling part.

The hunt for the acorns proved to be the most thrilling part.

Once back in the classroom, we did a little science experiment to see if the acorns were squirrel worthy. The acorns that sunk were good, the ones that floated we put back in the woods. After drying out, we bagged all the acorns and dropped them off at the Ohio Wildlife Center where they will remain in the freezer until they are needed to feed hungry squirrels this winter.

There are so many ways to help your local wildlife rehabilitators. If your here in central Ohio check out the Ohio Wildlife Center’s wish list for other top need items besides nuts and acorns and show your support today! A little gift can make big difference in protecting native wildlife.

Becca Mathews