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. 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 — August 10th–      ... 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: To purchase tickets go to: 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

WINC Annual Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast Cancelled – as soon as we have a new date we will update the website.                      Like you, the Wildlife In Need Center continues to monitor the news regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Wisconsin and across the United States. While we did make the decision to cancel our annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday March 15 (which will be rescueduled), all WINC operations remain unchanged! Cancelled! Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 8:00 am -1:00 pm at the Dousman/Ottawa Lions Club 235 Main Street Dousman, WI 53118 *Please note this event is not at our facility.* Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, corned beef hash, bake sale goodies, and more! Ticket Prices: $8 Adults & Children ages 12 & up $4 Children ages 11 & under Children ages 2 and under are Free ALL advanced ticket purchases will receive one free raffle ticket for our bag raffle!   Here are some of our Amazing Animal Ambassadors that you might meet! Chase, Striped Skunk Marcy, Virginia Opossum Chloe, Eastern Screech Owl Meadow, Bullsnake Evie, Eastern Fox Snake Jewel,  Ornate Box Turtle (Endangered species ♦  Shop our gift shop with one-of-a-kind wildlife items ♦  Bake Sale ♦  Bag Raffle & Kayak Raffle Plus… Donate to our annual wish list drive! Donation items can be dropped off at the Pancake Breakfast–follow the link below to be taken to our updated wish list. View Wish list... read more

White Pelican

Many people have been asking for an update on our White Pelican so here’s a fun fact for you – he is still with us in part because of the federal government shutdown…here’s why: The White Pelican patient was brought in to WINC around Thanksgiving emaciated and filled with parasites. He is now doing well and all done with rehabilitation process. We were able to treat his parasites and help him get back up to normal weight with his breakfast and dinners of live fish! Through his rehabilitation we discovered he had an old injury in his left elbow that had already started to develop arthritis. He has very limited range of motion in the joint due to the injury as well as arthritis and because of this he is not releasable. His arthritis will need to continue to be monitored and he will need to get medication to help with any discomfort in that elbow joint. This video shows our staff throwing him a fish with his pill of medication hidden in the fish, which he takes readily! We began networking and looking for permanent placement for him at a zoo or sanctuary. We *hope* to place him at the El Paso Zoo in Texas. We already are in communication with the staff there, but we need U.S. Fish & Wildlife approval for placement. Unfortunately, with the current government shutdown, we will be housing the Pelican until we can get approval for his placement and get him transferred. So we need help feeding him, as having to feed a piscivore (fish eater) is not cheap. The pelican eats about... read more

Wildlife Painting Class Event

We are excited to announce our 1st ever Wildlife Painting Class Event to be held at WINC! Sunday, March 10th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Enjoy an afternoon with Stacey Ball of Stickman Painting  Studios to paint a picture of Grace, our America Kestrel, on a 16 x 20 canvas using acrylic paints. Grace will be joining us while we paint! Cost of the class is $50 with $15 of every ticket going to support WINC.  The class size is limited to just 40 people so… Don’t wait, Get you ticket today!! Tickets can be purchased through Stickman Painting Studios: read more

2nd Annual Feathers In Focus Winners Announced!

Thank you so much to all of the professional and amateur photographers who joined us October 6th, for Feathers in Focus, WINC’s photography workshop. Each of the photographers had the opportunity to take photos of WINC’s feathered ambassadors, and enter those photos into a contest. Without further ado… SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW 2018 WINNERS! Thank you to judges, Sean Merewood, Kim Banach, and Maddi Williams, who had a difficult time deciding on the winning photos. They chose a Best Personality and Best in Show for each of the educational ambassadors, as well as a few Honorable Mentions. See all the winners on our Facebook page, and watch for the winning photos to be gracing the walls of our gathering room soon! The 2019 date for Feathers in Focus is October 12th. The winners are as follows: • Best Personality:         • Best in Show:         • Honorable Mentions:      ... read more


Bare with us…this is a long post, but it goes into detail about a current case we are treating that is very interesting and filled with twists and turns!  Back on September 21st an adult male Red Fox was admitted to The Wildlife In Need Center suffering from Mange. A parasite naturally found in the environment that can affect the skin condition of wild mammals. Mange mites get underneath the skin and cause itching, irritation, and fur loss. It is common that we begin to see mange patients as we head into fall and winter since they can become more easily debilitated with cold weather after suffering fur loss. Mange can be treated if caught early enough since another symptom can be emaciation (very underweight). This is what we usually have to focus on when starting their treatment so they can stay strong during the rehab process. Unfortunately, near the end of his mange treatment we noticed that one of his back toes was starting to swell and overnight one night it quickly became 3 times larger than a normal digit. The skin was stretched so much that it opened. We were unsure what had happened and thought that maybe he hurt it trying to get out of the smaller transfer caging he was still in. There was enough damage to the toe it needed to be amputated. We decided to move forward with surgery to amputate the toe, keeping our fingers crossed that a fox would not continue to self-mutilate the foot post-surgery…most wild species don’t do well with the e-collars people may use on their pets post-surgery... read more

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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