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New York Behind the Scenes: A Walk on the Wild Side

Visit Wild Bird Fund (WBF), New York City’s only wildlife rehabilitation facility. Nested among storefronts on the Upper West Side, WBF rehabilitates over 3,000 sick or injured wildlife—and not just birds—per year. On our visit, we will walk among birds—perhaps a traumatized turkey, an abandoned chicken, a recovering goose—and see animals such squirrels, opossums, or wild rabbits that have been injured or lost their mothers and have been rescued. In a natural atmosphere—and all that implies (floor droppings, noises, aromas)—hear the stories of how and why these volunteers and professionals accomplish this important work. Afterward, join us at the nearly 100-year-old Barney Greengrass nearby and hear about its history and the legend of New York’s sturgeon king. Please note: Food is not included in tuition.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how and why wildlife is rehabilitated in the middle of New York City
  • Knowledge of the history of one of NYC’s longest operating food stores

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • The curious and creative
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