Sabetha City Commission: Wildlife education program set to launch in April

A certified wildlife rehabilitator for eight years, Sherri McNary is launching a new youth program for wildlife education and conservation. She discussed her program with Sabetha City Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 26.

Present were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. City Administrator Doug Allen was absent.

McNary has been a certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with Northeast Kansas Wildlife Rescue since 2009. Her new program — ARC Wild — will offer education to youth ages 5 to 18 years. ARC — Animal Rescue and Conservation — aims to teach wildlife conservation to youth through close encounter experiences and activities. McNary said she will travel within a 60-mile radius for ARC Wild. Program topics will vary and she is willing to tailor programs as needed.

The launch day for ARC Wild is Thursday, April 19, at Klinefelter Farm in Hiawatha.

McNary is currently seeking 501(c)(3) status, grants and local sponsorship to provide programs at little to no cost. Until that time, she will charge a small fee.

McNary has obtained her license from the State of Kansas for collection and retention of wildlife. Her Federal license is pending for migratory birds. More information on ARC Wild can be found on McNary’s Facebook page.

Also at the meeting:

Also on the agenda was Troy Lay with an Electrical Distribution update. He was unable to attend the meeting.

Commissioners approved minutes from the Feb. 12 meeting.

The next regular commission meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 12. City commission meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays every month at City Hall. These meetings are open to the public.

Krista Wasinger74 Posts

Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and four children.

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