Appeal-ing gifts

Woodcock Nature Center is in the midst of its annual appeal and has gotten a boost from the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust. All donations will be matched up to $15,000. Appeal letters are in the mail, or donations may be made online at

Another way to support the nature center is to “adopt” one of the teaching animals that live there. You may not want to keep a hissing cockroach or bearded dragon at home, but you can support it at the nature center.

When a donatoin is made, supporters will receive:

• A letter of thanks from the animal, telling about its life and role at Woodcock;

• A one-on-one program with nature center staff to feed, and if possible, handle the adopted animal;

• The supporter’s name on the tank or enclosure for the duration of the adoption.

Among the animals available for adoption are barred owls, broad-winged hawk, great horned owl, red-tailed hawk, large and small ball pythons, albino corn snake, garter snake, bearded dragon, legless lizard, leopard gecko, Eastern box turtle, box turtle, assorted painted turtles, green frog, tree frog, toad, yellow spotted salamander, bass, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Adoption fees range from $120 a year to $1,000 a year. There are also six-month and monthly fees.

Information: or call 203-762-7280.