2013-12-13 / Community

Focus on Wildlife

Sale of prints benefits Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick


This eastern painted turtle is only a few months old and it is an orphan. However, the tragic story behind its birth has a happy ending. Its mother was hit by a car and died of her injuries the night she was brought to the Center for Wildlife, but staff at the center were able to harvest seven eggs from the mother and incubate them with three turtles hatching successfully. When the warm weather returns they’ll be released where the mother was found so they can return to their home territory. Painted turtles are very common and fun to watch as they bask in the sun on logs, but its very important to leave them where they are and not to catch them in nets as many people do. This eastern painted turtle is only a few months old and it is an orphan. However, the tragic story behind its birth has a happy ending. Its mother was hit by a car and died of her injuries the night she was brought to the Center for Wildlife, but staff at the center were able to harvest seven eggs from the mother and incubate them with three turtles hatching successfully. When the warm weather returns they’ll be released where the mother was found so they can return to their home territory. Painted turtles are very common and fun to watch as they bask in the sun on logs, but its very important to leave them where they are and not to catch them in nets as many people do. Wildlife photographer and Saco resident Chuck Homler has teamed with the Courier to raise funds for the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick. Every week one of his photographs will run in the Courier and be made available for sale on Homler’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ FocusOnWildlife. An 8-inch by 10-inch image sells for $10 and will be made available at the offices of the Sentry in downtown Biddeford. Homler will place an order every week, so prints will be available for pick-up in about 10 days or so. He will post a notice on the Facebook page when the shipment arrives. For more information, email focusonwildlife@gmx.com. The Center for Wildlife is a nonprofit wildlife medical clinic located in Cape Neddick. Each year, the center treats an average of 1,600 injured and orphaned wild animal patients, including native wild birds, small mammals and reptiles. The center works toward its mission to build a sustainable future for wildlife in our community through medical treatment, rehabilitation, educational outreach, research and conservation activities, without state or federal funding. Please consider supporting the Center for Wildlife by purchasing a print, as all profits will be donated to help the organization continue its important work. To learn more, visit www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org.

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