Home Front – April 17

The Medicine River Wildlife Centre is warning people not to pick up small white-tailed jackrabbits, which it says are beginning to show up all over Red Deer and Central Alberta.

Jackrabbits aren’t pets

The Medicine River Wildlife Centre is warning people not to pick up small white-tailed jackrabbits, which it says are beginning to show up all over Red Deer and Central Alberta. “As cute as they are, they do very poorly after being handled by humans and do not make good pets,” said a Wildlife Centre news release. These newborn hares are most often seen without their mothers and are quite independent, the release says. Unless they are in an extreme situation, it’s best to leave them alone. Anyone who finds a small hare in trouble is asked to call the Wildlife Centre for advice. It’s open 24 hours a day and can be reached at 403-728-3467 or info@mrwc.ca

Cows, creeks seminar

Clearwater County is adding communities to its 11th-annual Cows and Creeks seminar and trade show, set for the Kurt Browning arena in Caroline on Wednesday. Seminars this year include a close-up of changes in women’s roles on the farm, featuring speakers Tamara Taylor from Ravenwood Foods in Caroline; Leona Staples of the The Jungle Farm, northeast of Innisfail, and Jill Burkhardt, a cow-calf producer from Drayton Valley. Running concurrently, the Cows, Creeks and Communities seminar will feature speakers from Clear Water Land Care, formerly the Rocky Riparian Group. Events kick off with a trade show open from noon to 3:30 p.m. Seminars are set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Trade show admission is free, but there will be a $15 fee to attend the seminars, with lunch and supper included. People planning to attend either of the seminars should register in advance with Agricultural Services at Clearwater County by noon on Monday, at 1-403-845-4444.

Catholic school faith

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools will hold a public engagement forum on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas School at 3821 39th St. in Red Deer. The forum is open to the public and will explore how Catholic schools can best support homes and parishes in the faith development of the Catholic community. Pre-registration isn’t required, but for more information call 403-343-1055 or e-mail info@rdcrd.ab.ca

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