Earlier this week, the Half Moon Bay, CA area experienced more than 36 hours of powerful winds that sometimes exceeded 50 mph, shredding and shearing shade panels from enclosures and sending loose items swirling all over. The winds also downed a giant tree from the county road above us, taking out several other very large trees. They all crashed across our driveway, completely blocking our access to the road we use to get to and from the Wildmind environmental and wildlife education center.
Fortunately, all of the animals are safe and healthy. Thankfully, the driveway is nowhere near any of the animals’ homes and no people were there at the time. We are grateful to be able to use a service road along a neighbor's property so the team can continue to come in to care for the animals but it quickly becomes muddy and impassable after a bit of rain. There is a bit of urgency in getting our driveway opened up because we have showers forecasted for this weekend and typical wet winter weather looming next week. We are concerned about the hill above our driveway under the weight of these huge trees if the ground becomes saturated and the neighbor's road quickly becomes muddy and impassable after a bit of rain.
Our team is finding short-term solutions for the enclosures so the animals remain safe and protected. With their dedication and hard work, along with the help of our wonderful neighbors, cleaning up the site has begun. We will continue to work on the more manageable itmes but we will still need to hire tree removal experts to clear those giant trunks from our road. We must purchase new materials to cover the enclosures again for the long-term protection of the animals and we will need to some work to repair the damage to the driveway.
With the added financial challenges we faced due to Covid-19, we are stretched thin and hope you will consider being generous and supporting these efforts.
Specifically, we need $6000 to help cover some of the costs to hire tree removal experts as well as $2000 towards new protection panels and construction for the animals' homes and $1000 towards materials so we can fix the road. Any, and every, gift is appreciated.
Can you help us?