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Meet our new animal care team!

Welcome Elisa Fosco Director of Animal Care Elisa has a B.S in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Illinois and has been a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator since 1987. She is a licensed Veterinarian Techician and holds a Wildlife Society Certification as a Professional Wildlife Biologist. Elisa has been the Director of Animal Care for the Ohio Wildlife Center, Walden’s Puddle, Wildlife Center of Greater Nashville, TN, Wildcare:Terwiliger Nature Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in San Rafael, CA, Rehabilitation Manager for the Toronto Wildlife Center and Field Biologist and Head Vet Tech for the Peregrine Fund Condor Project in Vermillion Cliffs, AZ. Lisa has also been an International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) Skills Seminar Instructor for 14 years and has a passion for learning & teaching. Elisa enjoys camping, hiking, yoga, music and spending time with her dogs. Welcome Cherish Streit! Animal Care Staff I graduated from Iowa State University in spring 2021 with a B.S in Animal Ecology and Environmental Studies. I grew up on a farm in Minnesota and have been interested in working with animals since I was young. Wildlife rehabilitation has been an interest of mine for a while. I started working in the wildlife rehabilitation field in 2017. Welcome Logan Shafer! Animal Care Staff I graduated from UW Stevens Point in 2019 with a biology degree hoping to pursue a career in wildlife rehabilitation. I have had many jobs along the way, including being an intern at your facility, but am glad to have finally found a animal care position with you. I like to relax in the summertime outdoors, especially to go on runs with my dog. And I... read more

Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser

Wildlife In Need Center’s Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser will help you get a jump on the planting season! Brighten up your yard, Attract birds and wildlife, SUPPORT the patients at the Wildlife In Need Center! You can do all three by participating in our Annual Plant Sale fundraiser! Choose from Marigolds, Impatiens, Petunias, and Coleus. Each flat, 48 plants total, is just $22! Imagine having a yard full of flowers and plants that will not only make your garden more appealing to your human neighbors, but to your wild neighbors as well! All of these plants will arrive ready to plant for continuous blooms throughout the season! You can order using the link below: https://wildlifeinneed.networkforgood.com/events/28048-annuals-plant-sale-fundraiser ACT NOW–The deadline for orders is Monday, April 12th! Flats will arrive in mid-May, date to be determined based on the growing season. We will contact you as soon as we have received the flats. We cannot order specific colors, we will receive a variety. The sooner you can pick them up, the better your color choices will be. Pick up will be at: The Wildlife in Need Center W349 S1480 S. Waterville Road Oconomowoc, WI... read more

Whooo Loves Wildlife

Thank you for your interest in our “Whooo Loves Wildlife” event. Unfortunately the event has been cancelled due to a temporary staffing shortage at the Wildlife In Need Center. We will post updates on our Facebook page when we are able to host more... read more

Whooo Loves Wildlife-Saturday, February 13th, 2021

Saturday, February 13th for our first Facebook Virtual Whoo Loves Wildlife Meet & Greet Event! Join Erin Toohey, Education Coordinator for the Wildlife In Need Center, for this family fun online virtual meet & greet event, giving everyone the opportunity to learn more about native Wisconsin wildlife and see our live Educational Ambassadors up-close and personal, learn their stories and fun facts about native Wisconsin species. During the event, you will be able to meet almost all the education ambassadors such Marcy, the Virginia Opossum, Chase, the Striped Skunk, Raenah, the Red-tailed Hawk and more. Event Schedule: 10:00 am Facebook LIVE with Erin Toohey, Education Coordinator 11:00 am Meet Evie, the Eastern Fox Snake 12:00 pm Meet Chase, the Striped Skunk 1:00 pm Join us for a fun kids Valentine’s craft project 2:00 pm Meet Antoinette, the Western Painted Turtle 3:00 pm Meet Marcy, the Virginia Opossum 4:00 pm Facebook LIVE Meet Raenah, the Red-tailed Hawk *Animal welfare is our top priority, this schedule is subject to change if our ambassadors are not 100% and able to work this day. PLUS, Share your Love for Wildlife… We are inviting all kids and kids at heart to send our Educational Animal Ambassadors Valentine’s cards and artwork. We will display your Valentine’s cards in the center and feature them during the LIVE segment with Erin at 10:00 am. Hurry, the deadline date for Valentine’s is Wednesday, February 10th. Fun Kids Craft Project Your kids and grandkids will enjoy creating these adorable Valentine’s Mice. Be sure to tune in at 1:00 pm to join Erin for some creative fun! Project Materials: Empty... read more

Hallo-WINC Virtual Family Trivia Event!

Join us Saturday, October 24th at 3:00 pm for a SPOOKTACULAR afternoon of Wisconsin wildlife trivia, cameo appearances from some of our educational animal ambassadors and a chance to win our participatory raffle at the end!  The cost is just $10 per household, which will go directly toward funding our non-profit center. Family appropriate costumes are welcome! Wildlife in Need Center (WINC) is a non-profit wildlife hospital and education center that provides free medical care and treatment for orphaned, sick and injured native Wisconsin wildlife.  To learn more about all of our virtual education programs: http://www.helpingwildlife.org/educate/wildlife-education/ To Register:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewwC89RRr0gah2ZNH1WgZMqeRy6V-xtn221pouUw3isclVxg/viewform?usp=sf_link Feel free to email education@helpingwildlife.org with any questions you may... read more

NEW! Wildlife In Need Center Apparel

The Wildlife In Need Center is excited to unveil this limited edition collection of WINC apparel! Show your love & support for the Wildlife In Need Center, Wisconsin wildlife and wildlife education by purchasing a tee shirt or sweatshirt from our limited edition collection. All proceeds will go directly for the care and rehabilitation of the hundreds of orphaned, sick and injured native Wisconsin wildlife patients in our care each year and to support wildlife education in our local communities! Available starting Friday, September 25th through Sunday, October 11th! Go to https://www.bonfire.com/store/wildlife-in-need-center-store/ to order yours today! More colors available... read more

2020 Baby Bird Feeding Program

After careful consideration, WINC’s summer Baby Bird Feeding Volunteer Program and orientations for the 2020 season are cancelled. Due to our limited staffing and the public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel this is the necessary decision in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. Our Baby Bird Feeding Volunteer Program consists of about 100 individuals from the age of 12 years up to 84 years of age and each one of you will truly be missed. For those volunteers who were looking to return for another season or a first timer interested in learning, we hope you will keep us in mind for the 2021 season. If anyone has questions regarding the Baby Bird Feeding Volunteer Program, please refer to our website or email Mitch Ruiz, the Baby Bird Feeder Volunteer Coordinator, at mruiz@helpingwildlife.org. We appreciate your continued patience and support while we continue to navigate this difficult... read more

Wildlife In Need Center’s Exclusive Ambassador Coloring Book

At home with kids or grand kids who need something to do? We thought so! That’s why we offering you this fun coloring book featuring our Educational Animal Ambassadors. The coloring book was created exclusively for the Wildlife In Need Center by Emily Gaggioli, a graphic design student at Carroll College.        Click here to download a copy of your free 12 page coloring book: Ambassador_Coloring_Book Print it out and get coloring! Share your masterpieces on social media using the hashtag... read more

Annual Pancake Breakfast Canceled

Dear Friends of WINC, Like you, our staff has been monitoring the news and recommended safe guards regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Wisconsin and across the United States. We have made the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Pancake Breakfast which was scheduled for Sunday, March 15th with the hope of rescheduling sometime in the upcoming months. If you have items that you purchased for our Wish List Drive, they can be dropped off at the WINC office. The Wildlife In Need Center hours of operation remain unchanged, at least for now. We continue to take guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If we should need to change our hours of operation, we will let you know. To donate:... read more
UPCOMING EVENTS

Wildlife In The Park, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Saturday, September 11th at Cory Municipal Park, Dousman, WI

Annual Fine Wine & Dine, 6:00-9:30 pm  Saturday, October 16th, 2021, Westmoor Country Club, Brookfield WI

Hallo-WINC, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm Sunday, October 24th, 2021 at the Wildlife In Need Center

Spaghetti Dinner,  4:00 – 7:30 pm Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at the Dousman Lions Club in Dousman, WI

Feathers in FocusClick here for updates

Pancake Breakfast  8:00 am-1:00 pm, Sunday, March 6th, 2022 at the Dousman Lions Club in Dousman, WI

Annual Banquet:  5:30 pm-9:00 pm Friday, April 8th, 2022 at The Legend of Brandybrook in Wales, WI