Raptor and waterfowl rehabilitator Heather Merritt, of Warren, will be presenting an educational program along with some of her birds at the Niles Historical Society's Heritage Day.
Heritage Day will be celebrated at the Ward Thomas Museum from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is a 14-room mansion on the south side of Niles, 503 Brown St.
Merritt has had an interest in caring for animals as young as age 3. She now finds herself continually being called to help injured wildlife. The program, titled ''Birds in Flight,'' will begin at 2:15 p.m.
Special to the Niles Times
Heather Merritt, from the Birds in Flight Sanctuary, will give a presentation at Heritage Day at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
Merritt, who has been working with sick, injured and orphaned birds for more than 20 years, holds numerous state and federal licenses for rehabilitating wildlife. Each year, she takes in hundreds of injured birds at her Birds in Flight Sanctuary. She also works closely with the Ohio Division of Wildlife in Trumbull County and is on call 24 hours a day.
In addition to Merritt's program, the day's events will include tours of the mansion, demonstrations of spinning wool, basket weaving, chair caning and a hand quilting demonstration by June Karovic and an antique button display by Barbara James.
On the grounds of the property, Civil War items will be displayed as well as a collection of antique tools, a Southwest Indian display, live music from "Little Joe" and the Girard Community Swing Band, food vendors and more. Caricature artist, Rick Muccio will be creating his drawings of visitors.
Prior to Merritt's program at 2 p.m., Niles Mayor Ralph Infante will cut a large birthday cake in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Ward Thomas House.
The Niles Historical Society has been renovating the house and the grounds for the past 34 years. According to curator Audrey John, the Ward Thomas House is now the largest museum in Trumbull County.