Monthly Archives: February 2020

Time Marches On

Planning Ahead For Your Spring Break With TCWR

February 18, 2020

As February wraps up and March quickly approaches, we remind our supporters to plan ahead if you wish to spend your spring break at the Refuge. Not only are the animals more active in the cooler spring months, but we also have new residents to meet, events to attend, and plenty of kid friendly activities to enjoy! Spending an hour, day, weekend, or week at the Refuge is the ‘purrfect’ way to celebrate spring!

Mark your calendars, we have changes and upcoming events you should keep in mind when making your upcoming seasonal plans.

On March 1, 2020, Ticket prices rise $5 per ticket (Adults $25, Teens (13-19) $20, Kids (4-12)/Seniors (65+)/Military -$15, children under 3 still free). If you are already making your plans, you can still purchase any time tickets online for the current prices and use them when you come to visit, they will still be valid! This is a great way to save a little money on your upcoming trip.

March 8, 2020, will be the first day of our summer hours. We will be open from 9 am until 6 pm with tours running every hour on the hour from 10 am until 4 pm. Taking a tour is a great way to meet our newest residents, who live on our tour path. You can also sign up for one of our behind the scenes tours. The Carnivore Caravan tour is now offered every day of the week for $100 a person (which includes general entry), and our Coffee with the Curator tours are now offered every single Saturday! These are great ways to see all the animals at the Refuge and get a private tour by one of our highly trained animal caretakers. Learn more and book today at tcwr.org/visit-us/exclusive-tours/.

March 23, 25, and 27, your children ages 6-12 can participate in an educational Fun Day at Turpentine Creek! Cost for our Fun Days is $30 per child and pre-registration is required. It is a wonderful way to celebrate spring break and help your children learn more about the amazing animals that call Turpentine Creek home! Registration is now open at tcwr.org/kidscamp. If you want to stay on-property while your children participate, we suggest booking a room now before they are full!

Spend a beautiful day at the Refuge during our annual Kite Festival, which will be held on March 28 from 10 am until 4 pm. Fly a kite with your family in our front event field. You can participate in Kite Festival for free, but if you want to visit with the animals you have to pay regular admission prices. This family-friendly event is a great way to enjoy a beautiful spring day at the Refuge. Make a kite with your kids, enjoy one of the many vendors, listen to music, and spend time in the great outdoors!

Spring is also a wonderful time to get creative in supporting the Refuge- especially if you want to help our mission but can’t donate money. You could open a lemonade stand, host a rummage sale, or even organize a 5K or “fun run” to support our animal residents. These activities are great ways to participate in the 2020 pledge through our campaign, 2020 Vision: Your Focus, Their Future!

And finally, if you are wanting to make your spring break a volunteer vacation we still have some space available for volunteer groups during spring break! Reach out to our volunteer coordinator Carly@tcwr.org to schedule your group today and make a difference during your spring break vacation!

Love Is In The Air

Spring Is Coming

February 12, 2020

Valentine’s Day is Friday and love is in the air! This romance includes native U.S. wildlife, like bobcats and cougars. Although we spay or neuter our animals to prevent breeding, their wild cousins are entering mating season. When breeding season is in full swing, animals who are usually solitary, like cats, become more social. This socialization increases the chance for them to be sighted more frequently. Just because they may be seen doesn’t mean they are a threat; they are most likely just looking for a mate. Depending on the species, there are certain mating behaviors that occur. Once mating is over, the animals go back into hiding to start preparing for their babies to be born.

At Turpentine Creek, we spay our female cougars to prevent wild suiters from entering our property. Female cougars will call out to males, when in heat. This sound can travel for miles. It sounds a lot like a woman screaming at the top of her lungs and can be very unnerving to hear. For our safety, and peace of mind, it is better to spay our female cougars than to let them go into heat every year.

In the upcoming months, while outdoors, you might see some of these cute cat-like babies, such as bobcat and cougar kittens, “hiding” in bushes or tall grass.

If you see them, do not touch them or move them. It is very likely that their mom only left for a short time to hunt or forage and will be back soon to get them! They may also be heard from a distance yowling. Though they may sound distressed, do not go closer to them! They are calling for their mom and if people are near she will not return, leaving her babies alone even longer. Interfering with kittens of wild cats can end up hurting them in the long run, especially if they get used to people being around.

As the season of love ends, young wildlife will start appearing. Though they are cute, they are still wild animals who play an important role in the environment.

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