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Giving Tuesday — December 3, 2019

What is Giving Tuesday?? #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: To Celebrate Generosity and Give. Why should you support WINC on Giving Tuesday? By supporting WINC, you play an important part in promoting Wisconsin’s Ecosystem Health.  Here at WINC, wildlife rehabilitation focuses on the individual wildlife species. The goal is to care for every animal until it can be released back into the wild. If your pet becomes sick, you can take them to a veterinarian. Wild animals do not have “owners” to make sure that they get the care they need so wildlife becomes the responsibility of all us. Unfortunately, many of the wild patients that WINC provides medical care to are injured, orphaned or sick due to human interaction. WINC is open 365 days a year and is supported by a small staff & almost 140 volunteers, many of which have worked and volunteered here at WINC for more than 10 years!  It is a lot of work to care for over 3,200 wild animals, a total of 61,152 since we began in 1994. Our staff & volunteers are willing to invest the time and energy needed to make a difference. Our volunteers donated 25, 330 hours of their time in 2018 to clean enclosures, prepare species specific diets, answer phone calls and admit incoming patients. We rely 100% on YOUR donations to pay for the food, medicines, housing needs and other supplies needed to care for over 3,200 wild patients, representing 140 types of native Wisconsin species,... read more

Canceled–Owl Pellet Dissection Program with Chloe the Eastern Screech Owl

Did you know owls swallow their prey whole? Owls cannot digest the prey’s fur and bones, so then an owl pellet is created! Pellets are cast out of an owl’s mouth around 20 hours after they swallow their prey. The pellets found in this package are made at the Wildlife in Need Center by our resident owls (Dakota and Sova) as well as our owl patients. A pellet may even contain an entire skeleton! These pellets can be used for a fun activity to discover what types of animals owls eat, and can also supplement science classes. Pellet sizes will vary! Suitable for ages 6 & up, children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. This program is limited to 24 participants. Program length: 1 hour, dissection of two pellets with diagram hand-outs. Saturday, November 9th, 10:00 am-11:00 am Cost: $15.00 non-members; $10.00 members To Reserve your spot…Call the Wildlife In Need Center office (262) 965-3090 or use the link below.... read more

Share Your Heart!

Heart of Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s signature community program that raises fund for children’s charities–and the Wildlife In Need Center is in the running to be a beneficiary. Heart of Canal Street has raised more than $19 million for hundreds of area children’s charities since 1994. The program honors the Potawatomi tradition of nurturing younger generations so they grow to lead healthy, productive lives. Half of each $3 or $7 Canal Street Bingo game purchased goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1.1 million last year! Share your heart by playing the Bingo game now through December 12th. Visit paysbig.com/heart to learn... read more

Pain & Wound Management and Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Courses

  Hosted by The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council  and Wildlife In Need Center Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 and Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 These two courses are provided as a package with total classroom time of eight hours. However, two certificates will be provided to participants upon successful completion. Developed specifically for wildlife care professionals, Wound Management provides a systematic review of the physiology and treatment of the most common types of soft-tissue wounds seen in injured mammalian and avian species. Topics include wound assessment, wound types, antibiotic therapy, cleaning and topical agents, bandaging techniques and the physiology and stages of wound healing. Fractures and wound management in herptiles are not covered in this course.   Lab Included. Pain Management is designed to give wildlife care professionals a working knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts underlying the modern approach to pain management in mammalian and avian species. Topics include the physiology and clinical signs of pain, supportive care techniques, and drug therapy including indications, contraindications and side effects. Pre-Requisite:    Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation strongly encouraged To receive a course completion certificate, students must successfully pass the online Pain and Wound Management exams with 70% or higher. If you are not taking Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation you will need to purchase the Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Approach before class.     Location: Oconomowoc, WI – Hosted by Wildlife in Need Center – November 2-3, 2019 For tickets use the link below:... read more

HALLO-WINC, Saturday, October 19th

Join the Wildlife In Need Center for HALLO-WINC…if you dare. Saturday, October 19th from 3pm-5pm Wildlife In Need Center, Oconomowoc Meet some of our educational animal ambassadors up-close and learn fun facts about Wisconsin snakes, toads, skunks and more. There will be games, crafts, refreshments and a campfire. Wear your costume and take photos with our Halloween decor. $10.00 per carload... read more

Canceled – Owl Pellet Dissection Program with Chloe, the Eastern Screech Owl

Did you know owls swallow their prey whole? Owls cannot digest the prey’s fur and bones, so then an owl pellet is created! Pellets are cast out of an owl’s mouth around 20 hours after they swallow their prey. The pellets found in this package are made at the Wildlife in Need Center by our resident owls (Dakota and Sova) as well as our owl patients. A pellet may even contain an entire skeleton! These pellets can be used for a fun activity to discover what types of animals owls eat, and can also supplement science classes. Pellet sizes will vary! Suitable for ages 6 & up, children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. This program is limited to 24 participants. Program length: 1 hour, dissection of two pellets with diagram hand-outs. Sunday, July 28th, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Cost: $20.00 non-members; $15.00 members To Reserve your spot…Call the Wildlife In Need Center office (262) 965-3090 or use the link below. https://wildlifeinneed.networkforgood.com/events/13458-pellet-dissection-program-with-chloe... read more

NEW THIS SUMMER…Public Wildlife Education Programs!

These programs will give you an up-close look at some of our educational animals as we learn about their individual stories and natural behaviors, and will also include information on what we do as a wildlife rehabilitation center and how to peacefully coexist with our wildlife neighbors of all kinds. Appropriate for all ages, children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. This program is limited to 35 participants. Tuesday, July 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm (CANCELED) Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 to 11:00 am Cost: $15.00 non-members; $10.00 members To Reserve your spot…Call the Wildlife In Need Center office (262)965-3090 or use the links below July 9th —https://wildlifeinneed.networkforgood.com/events/13456-general-public-program August 10th–https://wildlifeinneed.networkforgood.com/events/13457-general-public-program      ... read more

Say Hello to the Spring Babies In Need!

    In honor of our 25th Anniversary, please help us raise $2,500 to support the spring babies! Every orphaned animal require species specific diets and housing enclosures. Baby birds need to be fed every 30 minutes and baby mammals can be fed up to 5 to 6 times a day. Waterfowl as they grow, transition to large outdoor aquatic aviaries, and Raccoons experience natural behavior in larger outdoor enclosures. Raccoons stay at WINC the longest, for 4 months! The wildlife hospital is open 365 days a year and our busiest days, we have over 550 wild patients in our care! We need your help provide rehabilitation and medical care for over 3,300 wild patients that WINC treats annually. To donate please... read more

Painting For Wildlife Event

On Sunday March 10th, the Wildlife In Need Center hosted its first ever Wildlife Painting Class. The event was a great success and we look forward to hosting more events in the future! Stacey Ball of Stickman Painting Studios and her assistant Cat, demonstrated step-by-step painting tips and tricks to the class, as Grace our American Kestrel and the inspiration for the completed painting, posed during the event. The final results were amazing!! Here are a few photos of the... read more

25th Anniversary Annual Banquet

The Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) is hosting their annual banquet, “25 Years of Caring for Our Wisconsin Wildlife”, on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at The Legend at Brandybrook on 1 Legend Way in Wales, WI.  Enjoy a walk through time with displays of historical photos and memorable wildlife rehabilitation & release stories throughout the Wildlife In Need Center’s 25 years! The dinner offers served starters, three entrée choices along with a mixed greens salad, roasted vegetable medley, garlic whipped potatoes with sour cream and an assortment of delightful desserts. Along with the dinner, there will be events throughout the evening such as a silent and voice auction, raffle, cash bar and program. For more information go to: http://www.helpingwildlife.org/events/winc-annual-banquet/ To purchase tickets go to: https://wildlifeinneed.networkforgood.com/events/11296-25th-annual-banquet or contact the Wildlife In Need Center at (262) 965-3090. A listing of silent and live auction items will be posted on our website for viewing closer to the day of the event.   Corporate Sponsor:  ... read more
UPCOMING EVENTS

Giving Tuesday, WINC, Tuesday, December 3rd  All day – midnight

Holiday Meet & Greet Event, WINC            Saturday, December 7th  10 am-12 pm

Spaghetti DinnerLions Club, Dousman    *New date* Saturday, January 18th, 2020        4:00 pm-7:30 pm 

Adult Volunteer Orientation, WINC                             February 15, 2020 10:30am-12:00

Pancake Breakfast, The Lions Club, Dousman, Sunday, March 15, 2020  8 am-1 pm

Annual Banquet: The Legend at Brandybook, Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:30 pm-9 pm

Hallo-WINC, Wildlife In Need Center            Saturday, October 17th,2020  3pm-5pm

Annual Fine Wine & Dine                         Westmoor Country Club, Brookfield                Friday, October 2nd, 2020 6pm-9:30 pm

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