Hoo Haven Wildlife and Education Center is holding its annual Open House from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6. The public is invited. There will be free tours and baked goods and popcorn for purchase.
Visitors will see the current improvement project, which is under way — an Aquatic Center for waterfowl and water-loving animals such as otters and beavers. A generous donation by Exelon has made building the Aquatic Center possible. The Aquatic pen will provide a climate-controlled environment with an indoor pool, which will give animals a better living condition while they heal.
Hoo Haven is off Route 75, west of Meridian Road, one-half mile west of the Pecatonica River bridge. The address is 10823 Cleveland Road, Durand. Note that there is road construction on Meridian Road, and it is closed from Route 70 to Cemetery Road.
For those who want to offer support at the Open House, 2012 Hoo Haven calendars will be available for $10 each. The four-color calendars feature photos of animals and birds that reside at Hoo Haven. Visitors may also wish to donate paper towels, 30-gallon garbage bags, dog/cat food, birdseed, nuts or meat (beef, venison, fish or poultry).
Hoo Haven is an all-volunteer organization and has served the northern Illinois area since 1979 by caring for injured, sick or orphaned North American wildlife. Once healthy, the animals and birds are released back into nature.
For more information, to schedule a program or group tour, or to make a donation, call (815) 629-2212 or visit www.hoohaven.org.
From the Nov. 2-8, 2011, issue