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Join Us for Our Holiday Meet & Greet!

Saturday, December 4th, 2021 Wildlife In Need Center 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Drop-In Event Join us for a Holiday themed wildlife meet & greet event – have the opportunity to see almost all of our live educational ambassadors up-close and personal.  You can learn their stories and how they became ambassadors, along with fun facts about their species here in Wisconsin. Wildlife animal ambassadors you could potentially view and meet: Marcy, Virginia Opossum Chase, Striped Skunk Evie, Western Fox Snake Meadow, Bullsnake Jewel, Ornate Box Turtle (Endangered Species) Antoinette, Western Painted Turtle See all of our educational animal ambassadors on our website: http://www.helpingwildlife.org/educate/animal-ambassadors/ Also–Holiday Shopping, Bake Sale, Bargain Art Sale, Games for the Kids. Plus, check out our gift shop with unique wildlife themed gifts! Items include: WINC gear (t-shirts, sweatshirts, totes and mugs), hand-made bird houses, wildlife books and references, jewelry, ornaments and so much more! This is a great kid-friendly, family event! Suggested donation upon entry: $2 person 100% of funds raised during this event go to support the Wildlife In Need Center and our... read more

2021 HALLO-WINC Event

Join the Wildlife In Need Center for HALLO-WINC Sunday, October 24th from 3pm-5pm Wildlife In Need Center, Oconomowoc Meet some of our educational animal ambassadors up-close and learn fun facts about Wisconsin snakes, opossums, skunks and more. There will be games, a bake sale, treats for the kids and our gift shop will be open. Wear your costume and take photos with our Halloween decor. $10.00 per carload PLUS, Enter our Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Carve, Paint or Decorate your Pumpkin…scary ones, goofy ones, cute ones. All Ages are welcome to participate. The pumpkin used must be a real pumpkin. $5.00 per entry Contest Dates: October 1st, 2021-October 18th, 2021 For the full list of Pumpkin Contest Rules click here  To Register for the... read more

Summer Babies Fundraiser Silent Auction

  It’s the Wildlife In Need Center’s Summer Babies Auction Event!! https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/wildlife-in-need-center-s-summer-babies-silent-auction-fundraiser-24970 Join in on the bidding of these fantastic auction items! Shop for a Cause and find unique gifts for everyone on your list. The OPENING bid and BUY It Now bid amounts for each item will be listed. Register by following this link… https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/register/wildlife-in-need-center-s-summer-babies-silent-auction-fundraiser-24970 Bidding Opens: Friday, September 10th at 7:00am Bidding Closes: Tuesday, September 14th at 10:00pm   — ONLINE SILENT AUCTION RULES — ** Each subsequent bid must follow the minimum increment of at least $5.00 (you can go higher of course!) ** Bidding will be open from 7:00 am on Friday, September 10th, 2021 until the close at 10:00pm on, Tuesday, September 14th, 2021.** ** Auction item purchases are final and sold “as is.” No returns or exchanges will be issued, nor is it possible for expiration dates to be extended on certificates, unless the event/establishment/venue is no longer providing such service due to unforeseen circumstances. WINC will work with the purchaser if this happens. All provisions listed in the certificates are subject to availability. ** ** By purchasing auction items, buyers waive any claims of liability against WINC and the donor(s). Additionally, said parties shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages, or other liability claims that may result from the use of the item/service sold. ** ** Once the auction is declared closed, the last and highest bid entered that adheres to the designated increment, shall constitute the winning bid and will so be marked.** ** All bids are a legal contract to buy. In the event of a dispute, WINC staff... read more

Wildlife In The Park

Join us for our Wildlife In The Park event! Saturday, September 11th 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cory Municipal Park, 140 S. Main Street, Dousman WI Relax and leave the cooking to us! Enjoy the Klement’s bratwurst, hot dogs, snacks and soda that we will have available for purchase. Meet our Educational Animal Ambassadors–Marcy, the Virginia Opossum, Chase, the Striped Skunk, Meadow, the Bullsnake, Evie, the Eastern Fox Snake & more. Learn fun facts about native Wisconsin wildlife, enjoy music in the park and games for the kids! Shop our gift shop with unique wildlife themed items. The event is free and open to the public. All of the funds raised at this event go to support the Wildlife In Need Center and our mission.  ... read more

Summer Baby Fundraiser & Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

The Wildlife In Need Center (WINC), is excited to share that we have reopened and are once again accepting wildlife patients. Just in time for the spring and summer babies that have arrived. It has been a long and bumpy road over the past 18 months and we are thrilled to be back with a full staff and volunteers here at the Center. Help us celebrate by joining us IN-PERSON for a Summer Baby Fundraiser & Grand Re-Opening Celebration! When:   Saturday, July 24th Time:    10:00 am to Noon Where:  Wildlife In Need Center Get an up-close opportunity to meet our wildlife Educational Ambassadors. You can learn about how they became ambassadors and fun facts about their species. Meet Elisa Fosco, our new Animal Care Director. Watch baby mammals being fed through our mammal nursery window.                  Register online for Behind-the Scenes Tours by clicking on the tour times listed below.                                                 Only 6 tickets available per tour.  Ages 12 and up. 10:00 am-10:30 am 10:45 am-11:15 am 11:30 am-12:00 pm 12:15 pm-12:45 pm Shop our gift shop with unique wildlife gifts and Wildlife In Need Center apparel. Plus, there will be games for the kids with prizes. Stay tuned for details on our Summer Baby Online Silent Auction! HELP US RAISE $25,000 for babies in need. Plus, an anonymous donor will match the first $5000 in donations! DONATE TO HELP BABIES IN NEED Baby Shower Needs for the wildlife orphans that... read more

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

#Giving Tuesday, ALL DAY at the Wildlife In Need Center

Holiday Meet & Greet  10:00 am-12:00 pm Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Wildlife In Need Center

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

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