According to a press release from the Sequoia Park Zoo and Foundation in Eureka, the Watersheds Heroes project is "on a roll."
The Watershed Heroes project will bring an up close and personal experience with some of the most the charismatic wildlife of our local watershed—River otters, salmon, and Bald eagles— and carry a strong conservation message through engaging experiences for all ages.
While there have been no otters at the zoo for several years and salmon and Bald eagles have never been in residence at the oldest zoo in California, the contributions of generous donors is helping to make those facts a things of the past. "Significant contributions received in the past month include a total of $32,000 from Pacific Gas & Electric and U.S. Bank in support of the Bald eagle aviary and $50,000 from the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria."
The interactive exhibit will allow visitors to see how salmon spawn, how otters interact with their environment and allow Bald eagles that can no longer survive in the wild to find a new home. "The entire exhibit will be a living example of a healthy watershed, where visitors can learn how everything is interconnected – and how they can help protect our fragile environment. Grand opening celebrations are scheduled for summer 2014," according to the press release.
But just because the project has had many generous contributions from individuals and corporations, there is still much work that needs to be done. Nicole Spencer, Director of Development and Communications states,
We need to secure many more leadership gifts to complete the entire Watershed Heroes project by next summer. We are actively seeking support throughout the community from individuals, tribes, businesses, and foundations.