As 2018 came to a close, it became very apparent how impressive the year had been for Cedar Run!
Our wildlife hospital took in 4,887 animals – about 150 more than 2017. A few patients were rare for us this year including a Northern Harrier, a Wilson’s Storm Petrel, a Common Gallinule, a Mink, and a few Lesser Scaup’s!
Our Education Team also had a busy year – reaching more than 30,000 people including over 16,000 students from more than 300 schools around New Jersey! Our biggest event by far was the Cranberry Festival where we interacted with thousands of people from the public. Most recently, Cedar Run held public programs at the Liberty Science Center in North Jersey!
We also gained some new residents! Bradley the Cooper’s Hawk, Blueberry the Blue Jay, Bucky the White tailed deer, Phoebe the Eastern striped skunk, and Ursula the Black Vulture.
Sadly, this year we lost our dearly beloved Squam in August to health decline due to old age. He had been a resident at Cedar Run for 16 years and educated tens of thousands of people about Barred Owls and owl conservation. He will be sorely missed.
Looking forward to 2019, we are very excited to introduce some new things to Cedar Run’s ever growing resume; Tuesday Talks at Two – a new weekly lecture series about nature based topics and highlighting our wildlife ambassadors, a freshly revamped Adopt-A-Wild-One program with new levels that include private tours and special periodic updates about your sponsored wildlife ambassador, some exciting new programming such as camping excursions and water quality classes for schools, and most importantly – this new blog!! which will provide updates on the happenings at Cedar Run periodically and include articles from staff, volunteers, and the occasional patient story!
Happy New Year!
Lauren Edzenga, Environmental Educator