If you are looking for a wildlife experience for the whole family this weekend consider a visit to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (NIWRC).
On Saturday, June 23 the centre will be holding its annual Family Day from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission is by donation and all proceeds help the non-profit organization continue to care for ill, injured and orphaned wildlife.
Some of the activities for the day include a craft table, games, treasure and scavenger hunt, the Big Bounce and food and refreshments.
Glove-trained owls Bardo and Oliver as well as Emily the saker falcon will be on hand.
The NIWRA is well known in the region and has gained an international reputation for the care and rehabilitation it provides to a wide variety of injured wildlife.
Robin and Sylvia Campbell have dedicated their lives to alleviating suffering of wild creatures and releasing them back to the wild.
Sylvia admitted they couldn’t achieve their mandate without the help of dedicated volunteers and stated they will have more than a dozen people helping out for the big event tomorrow.
“Once again the volunteers have stepped up. The Rotary Club of Parksville is doing the food and parking for us which is a huge help” she indicated.
Sylvia said the event, which they host two times a year is an affordable way for families to visit and learn about wildlife and environmental issues.
The staff and volunteers are experts at caring for all sorts of wildlife at the Errington facility which is situated on eight acres providing an opportunity for the public to view non-releasable owls, eagles, turkey vulture, hawks, falcons, raven, Black Bears and more.
The centre is located at 1240 Leffler Road in Errington.
For more information visit their website at www.niwra.org