SPONSOR Wildlife Efforts
When you sponsor our wildlife efforts, you will be invited for a private tour, including meet and greet, photo opportunities, and some special gifts. For each year of sponsorship, you will receive updates and photos on our current wildlife, a tax-deductible letter, and entry to our open house.
We rehabilitate wild mallard ducklings (some years over 100!) each year who come to us for many reasons, from their adult mother getting hit by a car or a nest of ducklings left behind after their mother gets eaten by a predator. Each nest can have a dozen babies or more. Our baby wildlife season runs from early May through late October, sometimes November.
We also treat and rehabilitate injured adults for successful release back into the wild.
We rehabilitate wild goslings who have been orphaned or abandoned for all types of reasons.
Our baby wildlife season runs from early May through late October, sometimes November.
In harsh winters, we can end up treating several dozen adult wild geese for starvation and dehydration when our area is so icy and snowy they cannot find food.
We rehabilitate dozens of wild turkey poults each year. Helping turkeys is especially important to us, since just a few years ago, their numbers were suffering because the babies were having trouble surviving cold, wet springs since they grow up on the ground.
We love wood ducks! Though their ducklings are tough to rehabilitate. Even though the first thing they do in life is to drop 50 feet from a hole in a tree (that's where wood ducks make their nests!), when they are orphaned, they need to be tube fed for the first week, then fed a very special diet as they grow. They make us work hard, but they're worth it and their gorgeous adult feathering is always a treat to see.
We rehabilitate the quail that come to us. Most present as adults that have been injured. The Department of Environmental Management has determined that quail cannot currently live in the wild successfully, so we permanently care for those we receive.
We rehabilitate the pheasant that come to us, both babies and adults. Our pheasant are lucky that we are surrounded by a thousand acres of fields and woods, which is the perfect place for them. Of course, when we rehab adult wildlife, we make the extra effort to release them where they were originally found.
We use to rehabilitate A LOT of songbirds...but baby birds need to be fed every 15 minutes from sunup 'til sundown...and we don't have enough volunteers during the spring and summer to do that...so we changed our focus to rehabilitating wild waterfowl and game birds years ago. However, we still give out a LOT of advice each spring regarding nests of baby birds found on the ground. We love when caring humans are willing to put nests back, or build a nearby area for the nest so the mother can find their babies. But it is not always possible, and we still help out a few of these tiny creatures each year.