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‘WOW’ed by new wildlife habitat station, Nature Club

Residents and staff at Valley View Rehab & Nursing Center are now enjoying their second month of the new wildlife habitat station. It features several large windows from which residents can comfortably observe various birds and woodland creatures.

They watch them eat, drink, bathe and play in the hollow logs and wood structures, and use the feeders designed to encourage the animals’ natural behaviors. Flowers are also planted for butterfly larvae and to provide nectar for our native pollinators.

Informal learning opportunities, crafts, activities and the Nature Club support what residents can see. The first meeting of Valley View’s Red Bird Nature Club is open to all residents and is held biweekly in the courtyard pavilion, weather permitting.

The club guides and encourages residents to learn about and appreciate the natural world around Valley View, which is in the process of becoming a registered National Wildlife Federation Habitat.

There are several projects planned for the summer and fall, such as rearing and releasing Monarch butterflies, identifying and labeling the trees around our facility and learning about the habits of “Wally,” the Eastern Box Turtle that lives in the courtyard.

Other topics will correspond to the creatures that visit the Wildlife Observation Windows, otherwise known as “WOW”

Thus far, residents have observed various birds and woodland creatures including squirrels, chipmunks, turtles and raccoons feasting on seeds, corn and peanuts placed in the observation area.

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