Get To Know Your Furry, Feathery, Slimy Neighbors at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum Free Admission Day Feb. 2

Free entry affords the opportunity for families to personally meet and better appreciate the wild creatures that roam San Francisco Bay area backyards

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- News in a Nutshell:

  • The Lindsay Wildlife Museum will hold its third annual Free Admission Day, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • At the event, Bay area youngsters and adults will meet and learn about the museum's 50-plus resident native wildlife face to face.
  • For many, this also will be a first opportunity to experience the renovations the museum underwent in 2012, including the new "Hospital Behind the Scenes," "Raptors" and "Hive Alive!" exhibits.
  • The museum is located at 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94597. For information call 925-935-1978 or go to
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The award-winning Lindsay Wildlife Museum will give San Francisco Bay area residents a free opportunity Feb. 2 to make the acquaintance of more than 50 wild furry, feathery and, well, slimy creatures that inhabit virtually everyone's neighborhood.


Funded by the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation, the annual Free Admission Day attracts hundreds of Bay area children and adults. They come to meet and learn about the museum's 50-plus resident "ambassadors" face to face in what may be the region's most unique meet-and-greet.

"Ever wondered what's been making those funny noises outside your house at night? Here's a unique opportunity for you to meet – up close and very personal – some of the wild creatures that are prowling around your backyard at night," said Gary Bogue, former pet and wildlife columnist at the Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area News Group newspapers, and curator emeritus at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. "Bring your whole family (no charge!) so you can all learn how to get along with your wild neighbors!"

The ambassadors represent a veritable United Nations of local wildlife, ranging from eagles, hawks and foxes of the open wild to raccoons, owls and opossums found in the urban wild. These animals are among more than 5,000 native wild animals brought annually to the Lindsay hospital for treatment and rehabilitation, but whose injuries left them unable to survive if released.

Even regular museum visitors likely will find something new following a major, yearlong makeover. Visitors can now glimpse behind the scenes of the world's first and largest wildlife hospital in the new "Hospital Behind the Scenes" exhibit. In the new "Raptors" exhibit, children "become" hawks as they soar virtually over Mount Diablo. Another new exhibit, "Hive Alive!" provides a mesmerizing look inside the complex society of a working beehive.

Free Admission Day runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 2. The museum is located at 1931 First Ave. in Walnut Creek, CA 94597. For information, call 925-935-1978 or go to

The Lindsay Wildlife Museum connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. It annually serves 100,000 visitors, including 40,000 school children, and treats more than 5,000 native wild animals through the help of 600 volunteers.

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