Hoo Haven to bring live birds of prey to Burpee Museum

Staff Report

DURAND, Ill. — Hoo Haven Wildlife and Education Center has recently been awarded a grant from the President’s Discretionary Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, the center has announced. This $500 grant will provide two Raptor Ambassador Programs with unreleasable birds of prey at the Burpee Museum of Natural History.

“It’s been quite some time since we have offered programs at Burpee Museum, and we are very excited to be partnering with them once again,” said Hoo Haven Founder and Director Karen Herdklotz.

Burpee Museum houses some of the most interesting wildlife displays in the entire region, and these programs with live owls, hawks, a turkey vulture, and other unreleasable wildlife will enhance the guest experience in a fun and interactive way. Participants will be able to explore owl pellets to learn about the food chain. Guests can also learn about Hoo Haven’s recent renewable energy project (solar and wind power) to support the facility’s energy needs.

The “Raptor Ambassador Programs” will be offered free with museum admission Friday, Nov. 25. The museum opens at 10 a.m., and Hoo Haven volunteers will be available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The live raptor programs will be held in the Riverview Room at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Museum admission is $10 for adults and children (4-12) are $9. Museum members are admitted free. Also free with admission is “Ice Age Mammals,” a traveling exhibit from Canada located in three areas of the museum.

Karen and Steven Herdklotz have been providing licensed wildlife rehabilitation for nearly three decades. Hoo Haven, Inc., became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in January 2000. The facility serves all of northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa for rehabilitation of North American wildlife. Hoo Haven also serves as the only “Regional Eagle Recovery Center” for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service within an 80-mile radius. Hoo Haven provides this community service (wildlife rehab) at no cost to the public as the center is supported 100 percent by volunteers, donations and grants. Each year, Hoo Haven rehabilitates 400-800 animals and birds, and its education team provides about 150 Raptor Ambassador Programs to teach the public about wildlife.

To inquire about scheduling a Hoo Haven program, call (815) 629-2212 or send an e-mail to Karen@hoohaven.org. For more information about Hoo Haven Wildlife and Education Center, visit the website at www.hoohaven.org.

As the area’s leading provider of philanthropic services, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois stewards assets approaching $50 million. Each year, the foundation awards grants and scholarships of more than $3 million on behalf of caring donors who want to give something back to their community.

From the Nov. 16-22, 2011, issue

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