2007-05-11 / Community

Special Event At Bird Sanctuary May 18

It's not every day you rescue a bald eagle.
It's not every day you rescue a bald eagle. On Friday May 18th there will be a special event at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary with live hawks, owls, falcons and Bobby Horvath. Bobby is a NYC Fireman who founded "Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation". He rescues injured or problem animals such as baby kestrels, foxes, bald eagles, possums, and brings them back to health with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. WINORR is a non profit volunteer organization that serves Nassau, NYC , and western Suffolk County . They provide professional medical care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildife thru a network of licensed wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, and vet techs. In addition to rehab they also provide information and education regarding wildife for the general public. Lastly, WINORR offers sanctuary or finds placement for non releasable wildlife that are unable to survive in the wild and would otherwise face euthanasia. They handle all native species including mammals, migratory birds , and reptiles . Their experience includes everything from wild mice, flying squirrels, grey squirrels, cottontail rabbit, opossums, raccoons, muskrat, woodchucks, deer, all types of birds from humming birds to bald eagles, and snapping turtles, box turtles, and diamondback terrapins to name a few of the animals encountered on Long Island.

Bobby Horvath with an injured Osprey, the new Nassau County Official Bir
Bobby Horvath with an injured Osprey, the new Nassau County Official Bir In addition, guests Betsy Gulotta and Assemblyman Tom McKevitt will be on hand. Tom McKevitt, representing Garden City, is bringing news from Albany in support of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. Betsy will be receiving a special award from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, the 2007 Environmental Stewardship Award, for her tireless work with the South Shore Audubon Society. Friends of Hempstead Plains, and long term conservation efforts. Betsy's initial support of the concept presented by Rob Alvey for using the local "sump" as a community nature preserve led to the creation of the GC Bird Sanctuary.

Also scheduled is the dedication of newly planted trees and shrubs as part of the Community Tree Planting grant from the New York State Department of Conservation. The special event is scheduled to begin at 2PM and continue to 4:30. The main entrance gate is opposite 181 Tanners Pond Road in the northwest portion of the Village. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the day. For information, call Rob Alvey at 326-1720.

A baby kestrel (sparrowhawk) rescued by Bobby Horvath at WINORR
A baby kestrel (sparrowhawk) rescued by Bobby Horvath at WINORR

Betsy Gulotta teaching about bird migration, recipient of the GCBS Environmental Stewardship Award.
Betsy Gulotta teaching about bird migration, recipient of the GCBS Environmental Stewardship Award.

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