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Wildcare: A History of Marin’s Wildlife Hospital
Orphaned possums, baby hawks fallen out of nests, deer hit by cars, and an injured bobcat with a broken leg are all in a day’s work for Wildcare in San Rafael. Last year, Marin’s wildlife hospital rescued, treated, and rehabilitated more than 4,000 wild animals and reached nearly 40,000 Bay Area adults and children with wildlife education programs.
It all started in 1954 when a group of parents opened a Junior Museum for children to learn about nature. When St. Paul’s Church parish hall was to be torn down, it was moved to Albert Park and renovated into exhibit rooms, live animal displays, and a large meeting room with the help of local residents.
St. Paul's parish hall is behind and right with the peaked roof. Source: MHM
Note Wildcare's peaked roof. Source: Susan Cluff
In 1961, the museum was renamed for Arctic explorer and local philanthropist Louise A. Boyd who was “flabbergasted” by the honor but barely heard over ducks quacking, seals splashing, and shrieks of happy children.
Miss Boyd at the 1961 naming of the Louise A. Boyd Science Museum Source: Marin IJ
“Everybody loves animals,” trumpeted the Marin IJ in 1962. Visitor favorites back then included Teddy the Bear, Easter the Seal, Gordon the Owl, a pair of escaping alligators, some affectionate snakes in the reptile room, and an office parrot that could mimic ringing telephones.
Operating with a handful of trained staff and three shifts of volunteers, the museum put on learning events, organized field trips, and visited school classrooms. Fundraising needs were constant, so neighborhood guilds conducted rummage sales and hosted an annual Festival of Trees decorated with natural materials.
As Marin’s population grew, more hurt and sick animals were brought in for care. So in 1974, the museum became the Marin Wildlife Center, then California Center for Wildlife. In 1994, a merger with the Terwilliger Education Center continued the legacy of naturalist educator Elizabeth Terwilliger, providing hands-on educational materials, training volunteer guides in interactive learning techniques, and running nature camps.
Mrs. T Source: Marin IJ
While cramped for space in its current quarters, Wildcare announced in May that it would not be moving to a new site at Silveira Ranch. Perhaps history repeats itself. In 1973, the museum had planned to open a larger facility at Marin Civic Center, shelving those plans due to expense.
On Wildcare’s website www.discoverwildcare.org, Director Vaughn Maurice promises to “continue to run our amazing programs and keep you updated as we adjust our course” and urges us to write Congress about the effects of oil spills on shorebirds and suggests ways we can mitigate some of the negative effects human lives have on the wild animals around us.
Just another day’s work at Marin’s wildlife hospital.
By Susan Cluff
Louise Arner Boyd
September 16, 1887-September 14, 1972
Louise Boyd signing Fliers and Explorers Globe at the American Geographical Society, 1938. SOURCE: Joanna Kafarowski
A San-Rafael native, Louis Boyd is best-known for becoming the first woman to fly across the North Pole in 1955.
Receiving a large inheritance from her parents, Louise began to travel in the 1920s. It was not until 1924, on a trip to Norway, that she saw the Polar Ice Pack for the first time. Captivated by that experience, she joined the efforts to search for missing arctic explorers Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile in 1926 and was awarded the Chevalier Cross by King Olav of Norway for her help.
In 1933, 1935, 1937, and 1938, she led and partly financed notable scientific arctic expeditions during which she photographed, surveyed, and collected hundreds of botanical specimens that were compiled in an American Geographical Society volume: The Fiord Region of East Greenland. Although the war effort stopped her explorations, she was hired by the United States Army for secret assignments based on her extensive arctic experience and detailed maps.
By Claire Hendren
Elizabeth Terwilliger September 13, 1909–November 17, 2006
From the 1950s into the 1990s, Elizabeth Terwilliger led hikes in Marin and taught children and their parents to love and respect nature, to touch it, and to talk to it as if it were an old friend.
“Hello, Mr. Crow," Mrs. T would call with wide-eyed delight. Nature reciprocated with love and conversation. “Caw,Caw,” Mr. Crow replied. “Please come out, we’d like to meet you,” she’d invite.
Mrs. T was born on Oahu and graduated from Stanford School of Nursing. She is remembered for being a conservationist and trailblazer in nature education. Among her accomplishments, she helped save Angel Island from development and worked to preserve both Marin’s marshes and the Richardson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. In her signature straw hat, Mrs. T taught three generations to love the outdoors. “We take care of what we love,”and she said—and did. Mrs. T died in 2006 at the age of 97, but if you are very still, you can hear her in the breeze, “Mr. Great Blue Heron, where are you?" The bird lazily flaps its wings and takes flight. “I love you, Mr. Great Blue Heron,” Mrs. T sings. Every child lucky enough to remember Mrs. T loves her too.
By Alice Tanner
Alicja, A Wildcare Volunteer
Alicja, an experienced volunteer in the bird room and the clinic, fosters raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and opossums for release back to nature—and works insanely-busy four-hour shifts at Wildcare.
To prevent their animals from becoming tame or dependent, risking their survival in the wild, Wildcare hides their food so they must forage, hazes them (gently) to instill a fear of humans, and keeps young animals with others of their species.
Volunteers serve in the clinic or bird room, prepare food, feed, administer meds, clean cages, muck up, wash dishes, and prepare for the next shift. Meal making involves dicing up defrosted mice and smelt (Yum!), chopping fruit, blending protein slurries, and preparing other delectables. Some birds are on thirty-minute feedings, which keeps everyone scurrying.
Alicja is effusive about her time at Wildcare. “The best part of my job is being able to undo some of the damage that people have done to wildlife—through a bad interaction with a car or spring tree-trimming—giving them the chance to be what they are meant to be.” DiscoverWildcare.org
By Jean Mansen
Friday, September 7 8:00 pm
Sausalito Historical Society SHS Exhibit Room in Sausalito City Hall
· The next scheduled subject for the SHS Exhibit Room in Sausalito’s City Hall will be: “The Sausalito That Never Was”.
This exhibit will open in September 2018, celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Sausalito in 1893.
For more information: sausalitohistoricalsociety.com
Saturday, September 8 2:00 - 3:00 pm
The Bolinas-Fairfax Road: 139 Years of History
Historian & Author Brian Crawford shares the fascinating history of the Bolinas-Fairfax Road, built in 1878 to provide Marin with a crucial transportation link across the county. Intimately tied to the history of Marin County and its water wars, the road was rerouted many times as dams and reservoirs were built. It was also the scene of runaway stagecoaches, landslides, fires, earthquakes, encounters with wildlife, and one bizarre holdup. Brian’s illustrated talk features photographs and maps, including materials from the California Room’s unrecorded Marin County Map Collection. Followed by a book-signing.
Friday,September 14 11:00 am
Moya Library/RossHistorical Society
Tom Perry, descendant of James Ross, will share information and photos of his great aunt ISABELLA WORN and her sisters. In the early 1900s, the Misses Worn (Bella, Annie & Grace) were renowned floral decorators. Raised in Ross Valley, their artistic expression was featured throughout high society, including the Palace Hotel, the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition, 1939 World's Fair, San Simeon, and Filoli. We request $10 at the door for the presentation.
Saturday, September 15
Museum of the American Indian
The featured event at this year's Trade Feast:
· Native American arts and crafts
· Red Voices Intertribal Drum
· Intertribal Pomo Dancers
· Aztec Dancers
· Hula Manu O’o
· Miwok Songs and Stories
· basketry demonstrations
· regalia making
· shell bead drilling
· children activities
· book sales
· tours of the Museum
Saturday September 22 9:00 am San Anselmo Historical Commission
Meet at: Montgomery Chapel (Richmond Road & Bolinas Avenue)
This year the Historical Commission will also sponsor a "Stroll Through History" in one of San Anselmo’s oldest neighborhoods—the Seminary area. The tour will highlight the quiet beauty of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, its history and fine architecture. Refreshments will be served along the way. This tour does involve stairs and uphill and downhill walking.
RSVP at strollsananselmo.eventbrite.com
Free Event. Space is limited.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Museum News, Events, Feature Article, Faces of Marin, 100 Years Ago, Community Events
Marin History Museum and the San Rafael Elks Lodge Celebrate the 131st Anniversary of Louise Arner Boyd's Birth
Sunday, Sept. 23
Elks Lodge Magnolia Terrace
1312 Mission Ave. San Rafael
4pm - Party begins with
music by Coastal Wreckage
6pm - Estate & home tour
led by Marcie Miller
High tea & cake will be
Louise's signature cocktail,
"Veslakari," available for
Louise Boyd was an Ameri-
can explorer of the Arctic
Ocean and the first woman
to fly over the North Pole.
She was born to a wealthy
family in San Rafael and
inherited their fortune in
1920 after which she
traveled in Europe.
For more information:
The History and Evolution of San Rafael’s First Fire Company
Thursday, Sept. 27
1312 Mission Ave.,
Laura A. Ackley
San Rafael’s first firemen kicked up dust as they dragged heavy, two-wheeled fire wagons as through the unpaved streets of the small, 800-odd resident town. This illustrated lecture by historian Laura Ackley traces the history of San Rafael’s first Fire Company from those low-tech-yet-resourceful beginnings until today.
Ackley will cover the earliest, all-volunteer San Rafael Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, the fire department’s first purpose-built home in the 1895 San Rafael Town Hall and its subsequent move to the then-high tech Fire Station 1917. She will also depict the progression of San Rafael’s firefighting equipment—from manpower to horsepower to “auto-trucks” to a fire rig called “Snorkel.”
Using many rare images, she will also describe the many modifications that allowed the 1917 Mediterranean-Revival station to remain in operation for an entire century, as well as the next steps in the evolution of San Rafael’s original Fire Company.
Historian Laura A. Ackley’s book San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 won the Gold Medal at the 2015 California book awards. She will have copies on hand to sell and autograph after her talk.
$10 suggested donation
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VOLUNTEER JOB OPPORTUNITIES
We can use your help! Have a little time on our hands and looking to help a local non-profit? Below is a list of some of the volunteer positions we need to fill.
Please let us know if any of these look interesting to you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 415-382-1182. We would love to hear form you!
We are starting to create a lot of content for our eNewsletters, social media sites, and future traveling exhibitions and publications. If you like to do historical research and write short articles, we could use your help.
Along with writers, we need editors to give the final article its blessing before it goes to print. This volunteer job can be done from home or on site. Let us know if you have that required eagle eye and grammatical tenacity to tackle this job.
We need a few strong individuals to help move heavy shelving units within the Collections Facility. If you have few hours to spare during the week and could help us move our shelves, we would love to hear from you.
Special Event Assistant
If you enjoy hosting or attending a well-planned party, you’ll be a natural at during the Museum’s special events. We would love to see you help create the party, greet guests who attend, and keep that friendly and festive feeling going for the whole evening.
Capture the moment for us! Your photos of the Museum’s special events and exhibitions will be invaluable for public outreach, future fundraising campaigns and our institution’s historical record. We could use your help documenting our history!
Are you a student looking for community service hours? Know a student who needs hours before graduating? The Marin History Museum is a 501(c)3 and can grant students their community service hours.
Let us know and we’ll take care of it!