Readers’ corner 4/10/07 |

Readers’ corner 4/10/07

Want to help baby songbirds by answering phones? Janey Powers, the president of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, is looking for some good volunteers. “Every year, we receive hundreds, if not thousands, of calls to our hotline number (432-5522) regarding orphaned, abandoned and injured adult and baby songbirds. We need phone volunteers to respond to these calls. A phone volunteer is ‘on duty’ for only four hours a week. From home, he/she picks up messages that have been left on our hotline and returns those calls. Some days, there may be six to eight calls during a shift; other days, there may be no calls. This is a terrific way for folks to help our songbirds without leaving home! Anyone who can access a phone for a morning or afternoon has the potential to become a hotline phone volunteer. We do a nice training that gives our volunteers all the information needed to help callers with bird problems. We have a training coming up on Saturday and need all the help we can get. If anyone out there would like to help our beautiful songbirds as a phone volunteer, please call me at 477-1937.” To learn more about Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, check the Web site –

The wild dogwoods: I love the beginning signs of spring: First the daffodils bloom, then the yellow forsythia, then the dogwoods. If you want to see some wonderful dogwoods, hike along the Lower Cascade Ditch from the Red Dog Road side. They are starting to bloom and are spectacular!

NU grad has newspaper blog: Eric Tomb (her proud father) told me about it and gave me the address. NUHS graduate Bronwen Tomb’s blog on equality is in The Day of New London ( – a Connecticut paper). I read some of her posts, and they’re very insightful. Go to the Web site and click the Blogs button on the left.

Dads at the Diggins: This hike to support the Nevada City Schools Foundation will be held May 5. To participate, each hiker is required to raise $50 in sponsorships. Hikers will meet at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park in North Bloomfield on the San Juan Ridge, approximately 20 minutes from Nevada City. The hike has a single route, approximately five miles, and is followed by a Family Party when moms and kids join for music and dancing, entertainment, food, prizes, raffles and games for kids. Hikers will receive recognition and awards along with commemorative hats and shirts. “We encourage hikers to set their own pace,” says Newton. “This isn’t a competition. We simply want everyone to have fun and stay within their comfort level.” For more information, contact Ken Newton at 470-9065 or or go to

Do you have something you would like to share with the community? Why not come show your stuff at the Wild, Wild West Days Kick-Off Event on May 13 at Western Gateway Park, 18560 Penn Valley Drive, in Penn Valley from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for participating. Call the park office at 432-1990 for more info.


To contact Readership Editor Dixie Redfearn, e-mail or call 477-4238.

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