‘Hoo’ Haven receives grant to provide special programs

Staff Report

Local wildlife rehabilitation facility, “Hoo” Haven, Inc., near Durand, Ill., has expanded its education program with the addition of the “Owl Pellet Treasure Hunt” and “Pelican Program” featuring “Marshmallow,” a rescued pelican. “‘Hoo’ Haven has been awarded a grant of $1,200 from the Dr. Courtney J. and Margaret Hutchins Hamlin Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois,” faculty Director Karen Herdklotz said. According to Herdklotz, the grant will be used to provide several special programs to groups of all sizes in the stateline area.

Hoo Haven will provide seven of the new programs to the community in the coming months. Three programs for small groups will include an “Owl Pellet Treasure Hunt” for youth and/or families to learn about the food chain through dissecting an owl pellet. Four “Pelican Programs” will feature their newest permanent resident, “Marshmallow,” a 2-1/2-year-old pelican who was saved after a near-fatal collision with a cell tower in Erie, Ill. Now recovered and through special permission from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “Marshmallow “ will remain with Hoo Haven for the rest of her natural life. She has been approved to be featured in educational programs.

“This grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois gives us the financial resources to offer unique educational programs to the community at no cost to them,” said Herdklotz. “Hoo” Haven has provided quality education programs to schools, scouts, corporations and other groups for nearly 30 years and provides approximately 150 presentations annually.

“Hoo” Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that offers federally and state-licensed wildlife rehabilitation services including a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Eagle Recovery Center. Each year, hundreds of animals and birds are treated at the facility, including American bald eagles. Most “Hoo” patients are released back into the wild as healthy animals.

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

From the Dec. 5-11, 2012, issue

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