Honoring wild-animal rehab specialist

Melanie StatenOur Town Outdoors

On Thursday, March 7, the UT Arboretum Society will honor Lynne McCoy, an East Tennessee woman who provided rehabilitation to local injured and orphaned wildlife for 49 years. In a virtual presentation at 7 p.m., join UT Arboretum education programs coordinator Michelle Campanis and naturalist, artist and author Stephen Lyn Bales via Zoom for the March First Thursday Nature Supper Club.

The late Lynne McCoy (shown here with an albino barred owl) took over 17,000 animals into her home: hawks, opossums, owls, squirrels, finches, cardinals, snakes, ducks, groundhogs, cranes, turtles, vultures, whatever needed her. She was state and federally permitted to care for all that required safe shelter until they were able to be released back into the wild. We will look at many of the animals she protected over the years. The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. Register at www.utarboretumsociety.org.

Contact Michelle at mcampani@utk.edu for any questions or registration issue.

Stephen Lyn Bales is at hellostephenlyn@gmail.com.

Melanie Staten is a public relations consultant with her husband, Vince.


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