In Marianna this Saturday, Florida State Caverns hosted an exhibit that highlighted much more than unique wildlife. It showcased one woman's passion and knowledge of animals in need of special care.
Dianna Bryant with Sacred Earth Wildlife Rehab spends over $10,000 a year to help recover injured mammals and birds in the panhandle. Saturdays exhibit helped raise over $400 for the program. Bryant captivated audiences young and old with four birds she has recently rehabilitated.
The display held one hock and three owls. Bryant says many birds in the area are injured by flying into traffic or light poles. The birds are so concentrated on prey or their destination; they often run into objects and are badly hurt.
Bryant works to heal the animals and place them back into their natural state. She cautions anyone who comes across an injured animal to seek professional help, "Call fish and game, whatever state you are in. Tell them you have injured wildlife that needs attention. Don't keep an injured animal or bird for days and days, get it to somebody that has experience and knows how to take care of the injuries."
If you would like to donate to the Sacred Earth Wildlife Rehab program call Friends of Florida Caverns at (850) 482-1228.