Spend another exciting evening learning from wild teachers and wildlife experts at “Wildlife Calls! 2018.”

On Friday, Nov. 2, from 6-9 p.m., at the Des Moines Area Community College FFA Enrichment Center, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, guests of the Iowa Wildlife Center’s (IWC) second annual gala will help this worthy organization fly still higher.

The evening’s highlights include a feast of tasty appetizers and beverages; a chance to meet IWC educational animals and their caretakers; bid on a wide variety of lovely silent and live auction items, including B & B weekend packages, guided canoe and birding adventures and more — all while enjoying the event Master of Ceremony, Jim Pease, ISU professor emeritus and wildlife biologist.

Perhaps best of all, you’ll be supporting an organization committed to building a much-needed wildlife rehabilitation clinic and education center.

In the past year, IWC has hosted seven education events attended by more than 500 people; cared for many animals, including turtle, fox, bobcat, coyote, squirrel, owl, bat, snake and songbird; assisted hundreds of callers with wildlife issues and removed invasive trees and shrubs from WildWay, their property near the Ledges State Park. This year, funds will be directed toward building a pre-release conditioning cage for the dozens of native bats that caring people bring to the organization for care, purchasing a walk-in cooler in which to hibernate them through the winter and installing the electrical and mechanical system in their building on WildWay.

Join this ever-expanding community of caring hearts and hands on behalf of wildlife in central Iowa. Visit www.iowawildlifecenter.org to learn more about IWC and purchase advance tickets for $45 ($60 at the door).