Be mindful of Spring births

To readers:

Now is the time for spring births for many different types of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. It is also the time for outdoor spring cleaning and pruning on our properties and as summer gets closer, there may be a second round of critters born. We owe it to our animal friends to help them when they need it, so below are some recommendations should you come upon a nest of young'uns or should your cat or dog bring you a baby bird or mammal.

Keep a list of Nature Centers in your area handy and call one. They will have names of local, licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Or, go online to Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and you'll find a list there. Don't try to raise the baby yourself.

Depending on the situation, you may be advised to try to reunite the babies with the mom, even if she is not within sight at the moment. Wear gloves when touching wild baby animals. Keep dogs and cats away. If this doesn't work, call the rehabber back and she/he can tell you where to bring the baby. Be prepared to answer pertinent questions as the state requires good records be kept by all rehabbers.

Wild animals bring a wonder filled layer to our lives. They, like us, are just trying to survive and raise a family. But imagine how much harder it is for them. They face so many dangers. On the other hand, think of how much more in tune they are with the workings of the natural world. They deserve our respect and care, so drive slowly and carefully this spring, enjoy getting outside and feel the warmth of the sun on a chilly afternoon. Watch (and listen) for the return of the red winged blackbird and the Baltimore Oriole and take yourself and/or your kids on a walk in the woods or down to the beach. We are so lucky to live where we do!

Nina Miller

Wildlife Rehabilitator

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Darien Nature Center 203-655-7459

Scouts preparing for annual tag sale

To the Editor,

Well, it certainly has been a tough winter, but you know spring is just around the corner when the Darien Scouts start gearing up for their annual giant tag sale. The 43rd Annual Boy Scout Tag Sale is scheduled for May 3 and we need your donations. Start cleaning out those closets, garages and basements, and your spring cleaning can earn you a tax deduction while supporting your local scouting community.

Scouts and their families greatly look forward to this period of working together and promoting reducing, recycling and reusing. Many area families anticipate our yearly sale to be able to find that special treasure or much needed item, and we are proud to assist in providing that service. We also make sure that any unsold items after the sale are passed onto other charities in need.

Donations can be dropped off at the Scout Cabin at 140 West Ave. from April 15 to 18 and from April 22 to 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and April 16, 17, 23 and 24th from 6 to 8 p.m. If you have large or heavy items to donate, the Scouts can even pick them up for you on April 11 or 25. To request a pick-up, call 203-656-1830, ext. 3, or visit www.darienscouts.org. And if you have a charity that may be interested in unsold items, please leave us a message at the number above.

Remember, your clutter may be another's treasure. We welcome your lawnmowers, snow blowers, garden tools, strollers, bikes, toys and games, sporting goods, electronics, housewares, linens, lamps, antiques, collectibles, boats and even cars. For more information about what we can and cannot accept, please visit our website at www.darienscouts.org.

We look forward to accepting your donations and seeing you at the tag sale on Sunday, May 3.

Leslie Pennington

President, Andrew Shaw Memorial Trust