Supporters have a hoot at wildlife fundraiser
By Jenn Watt
Published March 13, 2018
Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary treats about 600 animals a year, but the volunteers there field about 1,000 phone calls.
People call for advice on what to do with problem wildlife, an animal living under the deck, for instance.
“We do a lot of conflict resolution in that sense,” said Monika Melichar, owner of Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary, at Go Wild for Wildlife fundraiser Saturday night.
The sanctuary is a charitable organization run by volunteers on property owned by Melichar and her husband Whitebear. They moved to the area in 2008 from Keswick and found that their love for animals led to developing the property into a place for orphaned and injured wildlife to recover.
“I was one of those kids you couldn’t keep away from rescuing butterflies that were drowning in the lake or caterpillars that were getting too hot on the pavement,” Melichar said.
“As I grew, my love for wildlife and all animals grew with me.”
The fundraiser on March 10 at Pinestone Resort included a vegetarian dinner, music by Custom Blend, and live and silent auctions. MC Mike Jaycock doubled as the auctioneer.
Melichar said the sanctuary is always expanding and this year it’s developing a raptor enclosure, which will allow birds of prey to have an area to fly around in before their release into the wild.
“That’s going to be really helpful to us and other sanctuaries in the area that can come and use that enclosure too,” she said.
Easton Burk, 8, was also honoured during the dinner for his decision to collect donations rather than gifts at his birthday. The donations totalled more than $400, which was given to the sanctuary. He attended the event with his papa, Rob Taylor. (See page 5 for full story on Easton.)