We made a return visit to the Genesis Wildlife Preservation Center's Buckeye Lake location, this time parking at the Beech Mountain Recreation Center and walking along the grassy verge to Genesis. It's not a long walk, and the parking is easier at the Recreation Center. During today's visit, we made the acquaintance of a female deer named Gracie (Doe, a deer, a female deer . . .), who Genesis volunteers nursed back to health after she had been hit by a car. Gracie was released back to the wild a while ago, and has since mated with a buck and produced two fawns; but she often comes back to the Genesis Center to munch on their shrubbery (which is how we first spotted her - see photo below). Today, one of the folks there offered to let us help give Gracie a treat, and so we went out to greet her with a couple of plums.
Genesis is a non-profit, tax-exempt, all volunteer facility dedicated to the rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and eventual release of injured, abused, or orphaned wildlife. You can learn more about them on their website at www.genesis-wildlife.org