Hoo Haven Wildlife Center hosts open house

Staff Report

On Sunday, November 1, volunteers at “Hoo” Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center will offer tours and share the wonderful educational opportunities that are available through the facility. Come see the Raptor Ambassadors as well as other educational birds like “Marshmallow” the pelican. The public is invited from 1-4 p.m. to learn about Hoo Haven, wildlife, local conservation efforts and to show their support for this much-needed community service. 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, new lab equipment, and learn about on-site solar and wind energy. Three local artists will unveil their donated wildlife paintings. All ages are welcome to come to this annual event. 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 at 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 is located at 10823 Cleveland Road in Durand and has been in operation for 33 years. Hoo Haven provides wildlife trauma / intensive care and an orphan nursery that treats up to 850 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.

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