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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

EXTENDED–IT’S KRINGLE TIME!

Guess What!?!  You still have time to get those Kringle orders submitted! For the safety of our supporters and staff, we have postponed the Kringle delivery date to Thursday, May 7th from 12:00-6:30 p.m.  Just in time your Mother’s Day celebrations! The NEW deadline date for submitting your Kringle orders is Wednesday, April 22nd by 5:00 pm.* Help support the Wildlife In Need Center and treat yourself to Wisconsin’s own homemade Kringle! Choose from 12 delicious Racine Danish Kringles flavors! Plus, Gourmet Roast Ground Coffee from Stone Creek Coffee Company Aunt Marie’s Gourmet Cookie Dough, seven varieties to choose from (3 lb. tub) Aunt Marie’s Cinnamon Buns, Caramel Fudge Brownies and Cheesecakes *Pre-paid orders are due at WINC on or before 5:00 pm Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020. Order forms with payment can be mailed at the following address: Wildlife In Need Center   W349 S1480 S. Waterville Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066 Download files of the order forms here: CLICK HERE for Kringle, Cookie dough, baked goods and Aunt M’s Cheesecake order form CLICK HERE FOR COFFEE ORDER FORM        For questions or to make changes to an order already submitted, please contact dverhalen@helpingwildlife.org.... read more

Paint Your Pet Event!

PAINT YOUR PET EVENT Sunday, February 23, 2020 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm At the Wildlife In Need Center W349 S1480 S. Waterville Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066 We are so EXCITED to be hosting another painting event here at WINC!! This will be our second event with Stacey Ball of Stickman Painting Studios and 25% of the profits will be donated to the Wildlife In Need Center. For this event, Stacey and her team will be teaching a paint-your-pet class. A traced outline of your pet onto a 16 x 20” canvas will be ready for painting the day of the event, using a photo of your adorable and lovable pet, emailed (email address below) at the time of your class registration. (Limit one pet per painting) Event Cost: $60.00 Class Registration: https://app.getoccasion.com/xp/QRp8Fzrp?fbclid=IwAR084SpMCUh-HXJ8nd8ffNjP4zjBvw5DRF6uvAWvt45bVlNmfQRwaq0c6nY The class is limited to 40 people. Paint your pet classes sell out quickly, so if you are interested, make sure to register so you don’t miss out!! Your pet’s photograph and any questions should be sent to: stickmanpaintingstudio@gmail.com... read more

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 17th

Join the Wildlife In Need Center for HALLO-WINC…if you dare. Saturday, October 17th 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
UPCOMING EVENTS

Annual Banquet:  Coming to you Live on Facebook, Saturday, April 25, 2020, 11:00 am-5:15 pm

Hallo-WINC, Wildlife In Need Center, Saturday, October 17th, 2020,  3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Annual Fine Wine & DineWestmoor Country Club, Brookfield Friday, October 2nd, 2020, 6:00 pm-9:30 pm

Spaghetti Dinner, Dousman/Ottawa Lions Club, Saturday, November 7th, 2020, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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