‘Hoo’ Haven hosts annual open house Nov. 2 in Durand

Staff Report

DURAND, Illinois — From 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, volunteers at “Hoo” Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center, 10823 Cleveland Road in Durand, Illinois, will offer tours and share the educational opportunities available through the facility.

See the Raptor Ambassador Program and meet the newest educational birds, “Marshmellow” the pelican and Echo and Casper the endangered barn owls.

Birds and animals that are in the rehabilitation program will be seen during tours, including several recovering American bald eagles in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Eagle Recovery Center.

Visitors will also see some of the rescue equipment, including a hovercraft; visit the Aquatic Animal Recovery Center; and learn about on-site solar and wind energy. 

A variety of food and items will be available for purchase with 100 percent of funds going directly to the care and feeding of all the wildlife. A donation “wish list” is posted on the website www.hoohaven.org, but shelled nuts and frozen meat is always needed (beef (not ground), venison, fish (no carp) and chicken).

Hoo” Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of North American wildlife. The center provides wildlife trauma/intensive care and an orphan nursery that treats 400 to 800 animals each year with most being released back into the wild as healthy animals.

Hoo Haven serves as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service “Regional Eagle Recovery Center” for northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa. The facility’s educational team provides approximately 150 Raptor Ambassador Programs annually to schools, scouts and other groups interested in wildlife and conservation efforts.

Hoo” Haven can be reached at (815) 629-2212.

Posted Oct. 29, 2014

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