The above is the new facility, an orphan shed, for Wildwoods Rehabilitation.
This facility opens just in time for the second wave of orphaned baby squirrels, whose nests are knocked over by well-meaning landscapers, etc. Squirrels typically arrive in two waves over the summer. We have worked with up to two dozen red and grey squirrels at once, along with chipmunks, woodchucks, and other baby mammals.
This facility is made possible by donations from community members like Kathy Tate, to whose memory it is dedicated. It is also the product of hard, hard labor by Jason Block, Mike Townsend, Farzad Farr, Kelly Looby, and the Aldrichs (Jack, Peggy, and Ian). Finally, the cages and cabinets were donated by the University of Minnesota Duluth.
If you’d like to donate to Wildwoods, we are in the middle of our capital campaign, striving to raise enough money to buy land and move our facility off the private land lent to us today. And as a volunteer organization supported entirely by donations, we are always struggling with day-to-day operations. Donations (whether of money or of needed food and medical supplies — please inquire) are always welcome, and are tax-deductible.
As always, we thank our partners at Chalstrom’s Bait Shop, Wild Birds Unlimited, and Grubco, who offer us needed product at an important discount. And we couldn’t sustain our public relations efforts without the help of the Great Lakes Aquarium, the Audubon Center of the Northwoods, the Duluth/Superior Community Foundation, and our other partners in Wildlife Education.
This was just in time for our New arrivals: orphaned young bobcat, baby mouse, and 3 starving orphaned purple martin chicks.
Want to join us? A volunteers meeting, targeting the financial fitness of Wildwoods, rather than animal care directly, will be held on Tuesday, August 7.
We will hear about grant-writing opportunities, fundraising opportunities, and a plan to build a worm farm. See Facebook for more info.