Last week 11 ducklings appeared with their mom in our center courtyard. The poor things kept circling the inner perimeter of the building looking for a way out. She must have flown in before laying her eggs. Long story short we knew we had to get her out of there because we have a resident Cooper’s Hawk who has been hunting our smaller birds (and succeeding, killing two cardinals that we know of). So Sue, our resourceful dietary staff member, called the SPCA and was given the wildlife division. They explained to her how to use blankets to make a “wall” so the ducks wouldn’t be scared and to lead them through the building to the outdoors. With the help of the Activities Director, Kathleen, they proceeded to do just that. It was very interesting and exciting. As soon as they were all outside mom led then right to the marshland adjacent to our property. Below is a picture of the happy family in the courtyard and Sue encouraging momma in. The ducklings are already inside with Kathleen. Success!
Spring is definitely in the air in West Seneca. After a long, cold, and windy winter our residents were chomping at the bit to get out and stretch their legs. Our first bus trip of the year was to the History Museum to see the cherry blossoms and then for a drive through Forest Lawn Cemetery where we visited Millard Fillmore’s grave and did a grand tour. That place is so amazing! We saw tombstones from the late 18th century! And it is so picturesque. The deer obviously love the serenity there as we saw about eight of them (and this is right in the city). Here are just a few pictures.
I’ll try to get more pictures on our next adventure. Enjoy!
Here are a few pics showing our residents gearing up for Spring. First, one of the ways we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day was by making Shamrock Shakes. They were a huge hit as you can see. Then we constructed and painted butterfly and bird houses to hang in the trees around the property. We have some pretty talented folks. Up next: Easter door hangers, egg coloring, planting container flowers, and a bus trip to view our flowering cherry trees at the Museum of Buffalo. In May, a trip to Rochester for the Lilac Festival! We be having FUN!!!!!!
On Tuesday, March 5th, we had a visit from the Cantalician Social Club. With the help of these volunteers our residents assembled and painted butterfly houses. We didn’t quite get finished in the allotted time so this will be a continuing program. Ultimately, we will hang these around the building and in our soon “new to be” raised flower bed. The residents and volunteers both had a great time and the Cantalician Social Club will now be added to our monthly programs. Love our volunteers! Enjoy the pics….more to come as we proceed.
On Tuesday, February 26th, the residents made birdfeeders out of pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed. Oh, it was messy but so much fun. Gloves helped to keep the residents hands clean as they applied the peanut butter and rolled/pressed the seeds onto the cone. We strung the birdfeeders outside on the trees by our bird watching window. It didn’t take long for the wildlife to find this bonanza. Residents spotted birds, squirrels, deer, and turkey all partaking of the feast: sometimes simultaneously! By the next morning, all traces of the 20 birdfeeders were gone. Unfortunately, I did not capture any pictures of the wildlife but I do have some of the residents making the birdfeeders. They really enjoyed this activity and there was lots of laughter during the process. Enjoy!
Please join us for our Father’s day Celebration on June 15th from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Lyle Stang will be entertaining, there will be prize give-a-ways, and as always the food will be great! Please R.S.V.P. to the Activities Department the number of people who will be attending at 716-822-4466 by June 8th. Hope to see you then!