Hello everyone; Jenni here!
First, let me apologize that we haven't been sending out newsletters the past two months! June entailed a trip for Sarah and I out to Lubee Bat Conservancy, and the month was otherwise full of non-stop bat rescues, mostly Eastern Reds. We were able to release a mother with three pups, and another juvenile! I wish we could have documented our first releases better, but all I have is one grainy photo and barely had time to capture that! July flew by, too, as we prepared for, then held, the grand opening for our classroom in Bracken Village.
An important notice is that I will be out of the country for most of August. This means that, unfortunately, we will not be able to rescue any bats until 1 September. If you find a bat during this time, please contact either SWR or WRR. Sarah will be running the shop while I am away, and due to her schedule she will only be opening on Thursdays and Saturdays during posted hours--- roughly 11 - 3. Once I return, the shop will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with Sarah and I sharing the days as we both are wrapping up our college degrees this year!
Despite our packed schedules, we will continue to forge ahead with our plans for Sticks and Stones Rescue. We have many things in the works right now, with our largest projects being:
- Installing permanent bat houses at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary and in Bracken Village (thanks to Ed Sones and Reg Regan for donating bat houses to us!)
- Promotion of our workshops to a wider audience
- Developing/stocking new products to carry in the shop from several local artists/businesses! (Bat-shaped shower fizzers from Brewbles Bath Bombs, copper bat necklaces from Katie Holland Designs, original paintings and prints from Nikole's Art, and BCI-certified bat houses handmade by Lone Star Woodcraft)
- Finalization of our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS
- USDA Educational Display Permit, which will allow us to show live animals in our programs!
- USFWS Federal Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Permit
Some of these things will be achieved in the next 2-3 months, and others should reach fruition before the end of the year.
In other exciting news, I had a bit of spare time today for once, and I was able to sit down and take the Certification Exam through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). It was quite tricky, and I honestly wasn't confident that I could pass it, which is why I put it off for half the year... but amazingly, I passed! I'm proud to be able to add this under our qualifications belt for Sticks and Stones Rescue.
A final happy tidbit: We broke 300 likes today on Facebook! That may not sound like much, but for only being around for 6 months, we feel pretty good about it! Thank you all so much for joining us in this endeavor, and we hope you'll hang on with us as we grow into something even better.
Love and bats forever,