With the warm weather upon us, humans and animals alike are venturing outdoors to enjoy the sun and stretch out after a chilly winter. The young, especially, are glad to see summer— children are done with school for the year, baby birds hatched in the spring can practice their flying, and spotted fawns can be seen with their mothers, eating fresh grass on the hillsides. We are lucky to have so much natural diversity here in Walnut Creek, and we’re even luckier to have a place to learn about the local wildlife and how to co-exist peacefully with them. That place is the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
Lying within the sprawling acreage of Walnut Creek’s Larkey Park, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum has provided the area with wildlife education programs and injured animal care and rehabilitation since its founding in 1955. Over the years, awareness spread of the museum’s dedication to environmental stewardship, and it became a popular destination for school field trips, scout groups, and families interested in discovering more about the natural world. Today, the museum offers animal interaction activities, volunteer and internship opportunities, diorama exhibits, and even presentations at local schools. An on-site wildlife hospital treats more than 5,000 injured and orphaned animals each year, and is considered a national pioneer in wildlife rehabilitation.
From the towering stuffed grizzly bear that greets visitors at the entrance to the preening birds of prey on exhibit, the majesty of nature is everywhere you look.