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Feathers In Focus

Watch the website for 2018 dates to join us for Feathers In Focus, a Raptor Photography Workshop 2017 Information: Join us for a unique opportunity to photograph our raptor educational animal ambassadors up close and learn about their species. Feathers In Focus will be held Saturday, September 16th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Insights from a Wildlife Photographer will lead off this program at the Wildlife In Need Center. Handlers will be with the raptors outside the center in natural locations to help create unique photos. Grace, The American Kestrel is featured below right. Featured will be Dakota The Great Horned Owl, Grace The American Kestrel, Chloe The Eastern Screech Owl, Sova The Barred Owl and Raenah The Red Tailed Hawk. This is a ticketed event with limited space. Photographers will be able to submit photos for best entry. Winning photos will be featured in WINC’s newsletter and shared at our public Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser In Dousman, Wisconsin on September 23rd. $60 ($55 for members) Reservations required prior to day of event. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR... read more

Chase Turns One!

Chase one of our Animal Ambassadors is a captive bred striped skunk that was born on May 9th, 2016. WINC staff just celebrated his 1st birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday, Chase! Wild striped skunks have a risk of carrying rabies and therefore cannot be rehabilitated in Wisconsin. Chase has been raised and cared for by our staff and he was descented at a young age, therefore he will live permanently at WINC. As a frequently misunderstood species, he is a very important addition to our education team. The striped skunk is a nocturnal mammal that can be found throughout Wisconsin and North America. The striped skunk is known for their black fur with a wide, white stripe that starts at their head, divides in half and stretches to their back end. Their tail is long, bushy, black and white. Their front feet are each equipped with long, curved claws that help them with their natural digging instincts. They have poor eye sight but their nose is powerful enough to smell below the surface of the ground. Skunks eat plant and animal foods during fall and winter and insects are their preferred food which make up the bulk of their diet in spring and summer. Skunks dig for grubs that would often otherwise kill crops and lawns. Skunks also eat mice, young rabbits, ground squirrels, voles, birds and bird eggs. Skunks are definitely a big help when it comes to pest control. Skunks are not true hibernators during the winter months but they prefer to keep warm inside den sites. Their breeding season begins in February and a single litter of... read more

Waldo the Woodchuck passes

January 12, 2017 It is with heavy hearts we want to share that last night we had to say goodbye to Waldo, our beloved educational Woodchuck. Waldo joined the Wildlife In Need Center staff back in the summer of 2008 as a young Woodchuck that had been raised by a couple who had found him orphaned. Unfortunately, having been raised alone by people, he became imprinted or too tame to be released into the wild so he found his forever home with us here at WINC. In his over 8 years with our center Waldo has reached over 200,000 people in the community. Throughout those years, Waldo has helped people gain an appreciation for their local herbivore wildlife neighbors, who have a positive impact on their environment and ecosystems. Waldo has also been the star of many Groundhog Day events, stealing the hearts of people of all ages! Back in September we found Waldo had a severe tooth infection, which is not uncommon with rodents of his age. He has been on medication to help fight the infection. Over the last couple of months Waldo began to show more signs of his old age including arthritis, so he was given more medication to keep him comfortable. Early yesterday Waldo had a trip to our vet scheduled (for a checkup) and we discovered that Waldo had developed pneumonia. We did not want Waldo to suffer with any respiratory distress, along with everything else that has been going on at his old age. As a staff we were all able to say good bye to Waldo last night, while he was... read more

Eagle Finds Home

August 7, 2016 We are beyond happy to share that our adult female Bald Eagle that was brought to us back in late February with an eye injury and lead poisoning has safely made the trip to her new forever home in Oregon! She came to us with a very infected left eye and lead poisoning (most likely from eating lead while scavenging on a carcass). We were able to treat her very high levels of lead poisoning and our vet Dr. Nicole Mueller performed an eye evisceration to remove the infected eye. Unfortunately, with that eye gone she had a very hard timing flying as well as she needed, to be able to hunt and survive. We began looking for permanent placement into a forever home for this beautiful girl. When we are looking to place an animal we need to take a lot of things into consideration; age, sex, injury, temperament, quality of life and more. We knew she would need a lot of space and would not be a bird that would probably do well as a gloved program bird…she would be too stressed. Luckily after months of searching, we found an amazing place for her at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon. She will be joining their male they already have in their North American Eagle Canyon exhibit. Yesterday she was flown via air cargo on an airplane out to Oregon. She left Milwaukee early morning and arrived late afternoon. Anytime we fly an animal on an airplane it can be very scary since wildlife can be stressed easily. The wonderful staff at Oregon Zoo... read more

Wildlife In Need Hosting IWRC Courses

These courses are designed for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education. Updates coming soon! To learn more you can visit IWRC’s website at: International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council... read more

Release-A-Palooza!

On July 21st, 2015, WINC released 51 animals back to the wild! Check out a list of the patients that are free once again.

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All About Albinism

Learn about the truly fascinating condition of albinism in wildlife and check out some of the albino patients that WINC has admitted.

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