I can’t say enough about the tremendous work the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) is doing to care for sick, injured, and orphaned wild birds and animals. It is one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation clinics in the U.S., treating more than 8,600 animals each year.
For the first time, I attended the WRC Open House on Feb. 7, 2016. I picked out a stuffed animal (robin) to go through a mock exam. My robin had a fractured wing and he was taped before going to radiology. Along the way, volunteers and veterinary students explained how and why certain procedures are performed and what type of cage my robin would be in during rehabilitation. Everything was so interesting! I didn’t know birds have nucleated red blood cells!
Since the legislature was not is session, I was able to visit both the House of Representatives with its wooden Sacred Cod hanging over the gallery and the Senate Chambers at the Massachusetts State House. To think I walked the halls where John F. Kennedy once walked! Boston is truly a unique and historic city!
I was pleasantly surprised by the large collection of penguins at the New England Aquarium. I spent quite a bit of time watching the African, rockhoppers, and little blue penguins in the various pools along with a number of people in the pools cleaning the displays. I would guess this is a constant battle. The giant ocean tank also had a nice display of sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, and moray eels along with divers who were again cleaning the display. I would highly recommending a day at this aquarium!
Although our Flower Carpet Ground Cover Roses from Monrovia should overwinter well, I protect them in the fall. After cutting back the roses to 6 to 8 inches, I cover the roses with a mound of oak leaves held in place with some sections of chicken wire and a few pavers or small logs. Oak leaves are the best because they do not rot and they are easily raked away in the spring.