Happy World Wildlife Day Los Alamos!

Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation Chairman James Robinson with photos of Blue Beary, discovered weighing just 6 lbs., and with a severely broken arm. She was operated on and healed by wildlife rehabilitator Dr. Kathleen Ramsey and released back into the wild in late 2017. Courtesy photo

 
By JAMES ROBINSON, Chairman
Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation

We here in Los Alamos are so lucky to live in a town that has such a close connection to the amazing abundance of wildlife New Mexico has to offer

One of the greatest opportunities I have had is to be a champion and advocate for the amazing wildlife rehabilitators here in New Mexico. I have done this as both a volunteer and chairman of Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation. These individuals, like Los Alamos’s own Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, have dedicated their lives to caring for the wildlife of New Mexico.

There is one story that is special to my heart. Blue Beary was the first bear I accepted by myself, and she holds a special place in my heart! Blue Beary came into Dr. Ramsay’s care at a mere 6 pounds, and with a severely broken arm. Partnering with Veterinary Care Hospital in Albuquerque and donations from all over the country (including many from Los Alamos), Dr. Ramsay was able to give Blue Beary what she needed to heal and to grow to more than 65 pounds.

Blue Beary was released back into the wild in late 2017, where we hope she found a cozy den for the winter. If successful, she will come out of the den around May and begin the journey all bears must make. The journey to become fat.

Blue Beary is just one example of the amazing work our wildlife rehabbers do! If you would like to see more of their amazing work, please go to www.facebook.com/LandOfEnchantmentWildlifeFoundation/. If you would like to know more about World Wildlife Day, visit http://www.wildlifeday.org/about.

Wildlife rehabilitation has become a passion of mine, and has led many to call me the Bear Guy. Through the foundation and as a member of the Environmental Sustainability Board, I have worked hard to help Los Alamos become the first bear friendly community in Los Alamos. This led to Los Alamos hosting New Mexico’s first Bear Festival, and the transition to bear resistant roll carts and dumpster. There have been some challenges and I have learned a lot from them, however I look forward to continuing these efforts.

I am confident these efforts will help Los Alamos peacefully and safely coexist with our furry neighbors. If you would like to contact me about wildlife issues in Los Alamos and New Mexico, please feel free to email me at info@vote-robinson.com

About World Wildlife Day

At its 68th session Dec. 20, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed March 3, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

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