WOODBURY — The Woodbury Public Library will host wildlife rehabilitators Pam and Bill Lefferts of Ferncroft Wildlife Rescue for the program, Backyard Wildlife – All About Opossums, at the library at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1 at 269 Main St. South.
Those attending will learn about wildlife rehabilitation and the role of rehabbers, and facts about opossums and their rescue efforts with them.
Attendees will learn about how to support wildlife during winter, prepare emergency roadside kits to help an injured animal, how to turn their property into a sanctuary, and information on how to become a rehabber or wildlife volunteer.
Ambassador opossums Bella and/or Mango, will attend the program. The ambassadors wear a harness and leash, and they are very gentle.
Guests are not allowed to hold them, but petting their soft fur is encouraged.
Pamela A. Lefferts is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator in Connecticut.
Retired after many years in the field of education, Pam is the “hands-on” partner and does the critical medical care of the animals, preparing them for release.
William H. Lefferts is a licensed Connecticut Rehabilitator and Transporter. Bill retired after teaching secondary school special needs children for over 40 years.
Bill takes responsibility for maintaining the rescue grounds and facilities.
Bill helps with socialization and is instrumental in releases. He particularly enjoys the projects of building cages and pens.
Always lovers of animals, the Lefferts operated a hobby farm for many years prior to retirement.
In 2016 they began the process of becoming wildlife rehabilitators and in early 2017 they opened Ferncroft Wildlife Rescue.
They believe it is the perfect volunteer opportunity for retirees and love to share their passion and knowledge of how and what “rehabbing” entails.
Specializing in opossums, the Lefferts especially enjoy sharing knowledge about these misunderstood gentle creatures.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Library, this program is appropriate for animal lovers of all ages.
Registration is required. Those interested may visit the library’s website at www.woodburylibraryct.org or call 203-263-3502.