The Gail E. Abrams Wildlife Ambassador Fund

by Piedmont Wildlife Center
The Gail E. Abrams Wildlife Ambassador Fund

Project Report | Jul 30, 2021
A Season of Growth

By Noah Baity, Paige Dunn, and Danielle Smith | Wildlife Conservation Interns

Our garden in bloom
Our garden in bloom

Summer is in full swing at Piedmont Wildlife Center! Throughout Leigh Farm Park, kids are playing, animals are thriving, and the sun is shining! Just like our community, our garden continues to grow and grow. This spring, we planted a variety of vegetables to feed our Ambassador Animals and flowers to support native pollinators! Unsurprisingly, the animals seem to love the home-grown veggies and we're sure they are craving more. We've had lots of visitors to the pollinator plants, including several species of bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds!

One of our animals in particular, Scout, loves the crookneck squash and their blossoms. You may not have heard of Scout until now, and that's because he is our newest ambassador! Scout is an eastern gray squirrel that came to us in May. He was deemed non-releasable because he is blind, but that doesn't stop him from being his lively, charismatic self. He loves climbing in his enclosure and snacking on pecans and sunflower seeds.

Some other notable projects are also moving forward as planned. We've completed demolition of our old red-shouldered hawk enclosure, and are preparing to build a new one in its place. We're excited to finally begin visiting camps, school groups, and more with our Ambassador Animals. Lastly, our summer interns have been working diligently on projects as well! These projects include an obstacle course for our squirrel and opossum, a content queue including videos and photos of our fabulous Ambassador Animals, and garden identification signs!

Of course, all that we have completed in these past few months would not be possible without our donors. We are so thankful and appreciative of everything that you have provided for us. Your donations help us out greatly, whether it be for projects like the ones completed this summer, or supplies used to care for the animals! 

Stay tuned for updates on the garden, PWC events, and more!

Scout enjoying his squash blossoms! :)
Scout enjoying his squash blossoms! :)


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Piedmont Wildlife Center

Location: Durham, NC - USA
Project Leader:
Karen McCall
Executive Director
Durham , NC United States

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