Wildlife Center of the North Coast, the local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center east of Astoria, celebrates 20 years of service to wildlife in need and service to communities along the coast from the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington, down to Newport.
In celebration of the 20-year anniversary, the center is holding a fundraising dinner on Friday, Nov. 3, at Seaside Civic and Convention Center.
The event will open at 5:30 p.m. and includes dinner, silent and live auctions, and a pledge drive with all donations going to directly to the center’s rehabilitation fund.
The center was founded in 1997 by former director Sharnelle Fee. With no other wildlife rehabilitators practicing in the area, Fee saw a great need along the Coast, and gave up her paralegal career in order to follow her passion of helping wildlife.
The wildlife center has been a volunteer driven organization since its start, and has a network of volunteers all along the coast who help their small staff with rescue and transport of patients to the hospital on Highway 202 near Olney. The center helps all kinds of wildlife native to Oregon, including small mammals like chipmunks and squirrels, porcupine, beaver, and river otter, and an immense variety of birds, from songbirds and waterfowl, to seabirds and raptors.
Tickets to the event are $50 each and can be purchased at CoastWildlife.org, or by calling 503-338-0331. Additional information on becoming a member or joining WCNC’s volunteer team can be found on their website.