Wildlife rehabilitation center seeks funds to complete new facility

Staff Report

DURAND, Ill. — Hoo Haven is hoping to complete its new waterfowl rehabilitation building with help from friends and supporters.

The facility, in Durand, Ill., will help waterfowl and mammals to practice swimming or get the much-needed water therapy to help them heal.

The building and its floors are heated, so it can be used year-round. A large grant from Exelon for $35,000 and some very generous donations have enabled Hoo Haven to create and nearly complete this valuable resource for helping wildlife, but the group needs about $10,000 to finish the job.

After 28 years of wildlife rehabilitation experience, Hoo Haven is a model for the future of this area’s wildlife rehabilitation and conservation efforts. Since Hoo Haven’s incorporation and in January 2000 its change to non-profit, 501(c)(3) status, the wildlife rehabilitation service has moved from inside a private residence to a separate facility on the property.

Over the past six years, additional enclosures have been built on the Hoo Haven property and include a deer/waterfowl pen, squirrel pens, raptor pens and the newest — the Marlys Bulander Eagle Flight Exercise Pen, which enabled Hoo Haven to gain certification as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Eagle Recovery Center in 2005.

Hoo Haven works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin departments of Natural Resources. Each year, Hoo Haven receives more than 2,000 referral calls and admits between 400-800 birds and mammals to the facility for treatment. Happily, most are successfully released to the wild as healthy animals. Small mammals (squirrels and rabbits), large mammals (deer, fox, coyotes, opossums, raccoons and woodchucks), and raptors are the most frequently seen patients at Hoo Haven.

To arrange a private tour of Hoo Haven or to volunteer to work with the wildlife, call (815) 629-2212 or visit hoohaven.org.

Donations to help fund the project can be sent to Hoo Haven, P.O. Box 594, Durand, IL 61024.

From the Feb. 1-7, 2012, issue

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