Willow Tree Wildlife (WTW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to education about native wildlife and their habitats. Through community projects, WTW strives to bring caring individuals and organizations together to address issues that impact the environment and the wildlife that inhabit it. Incorporated in 2014, WTW is directed by Dani Nicholson of Cayucos, CA.
The centerpiece of WTW’s educational message is Morro, a California Brown Pelican, injured in 2009. Due to a permanent wing disability, Morro cannot fly or be released back to the wild, so he has a second life as a community educator.
With Morro’s help, Dani recounts the hazards that pelicans and other seabirds face in the wild, and educates both children and adults about how they can help. In 2014, Morro visited with 19 different groups and reached out to thousands of people.
A few high spots include an Audubon Fundraiser attended by the National Audubon President, David Yarnold; the Palm Theater’s premier of Pelican Dreams, a documentary featuring Morro; events with California State Parks; the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary Ribbon Cutting; numerous other education events with parks and schools in the area.
Additionally, Dani represents Willow Tree Wildlife on a project to update San Luis Obispo County fish cleaning stations in Morro Bay and Avila Beach. The upgrades will prevent injuries to pelicans and other seabirds who think they’re getting a free meal.
To request Morro the Brown Pelican to come to your school or event, contact Dani Nicholson at Willow Tree Wildlife. 805-704-8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, to follow Morro, please visit Morro the Brown Pelican on Facebook. This website, willowtreewildlife.org, is a volunteered work in progress.
May 31: Photos at the Morro Bay Eco Faire are courtesy of Neil Farrell, reporter for Bay News, TolosaPress.com. It was a really nice event and everyone loved Morro. Well, of course!
Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law; tax id:46-4158568