Youth and adult spring and summer Baby Bird Feeding programJoin Our Baby Bird Feeding Volunteer Team! We are so excited to offer our popular youth volunteer opportunity this spring and summer 2023! Adult Baby Bird Feeders are welcome too! We receive hundreds of hungry orphaned baby birds from May to September that need lots of quality care. If you are at least 15, you can help provide the attention and care that each bird needs to return it to the wild. If you are 12 to 14, you can team up with an adult to help us with our baby birds. You must be committed to working one four and a half hour shift each week for about eight weeks. What’s next? Visit our website to learn more on our website here! Fill out the application RSVP for the Baby Bird Feeder Orientation by calling (262) 965- 3090 Volunteer training class dates will be announced March 2023. Download our Baby Bird Feeding brochure... read more
Whoo Love’s Wildlife Meet and Greet! February 11 from 10am-12pmThis year we are bringing back one of our dearly missed events: Whooo Loves Wildlife! Our Valentine’s Day meet and greet has been on hiatus since the pandemic but this year we are happy to announce that it’s back! Visit us here at the Wildlife in Need Center for an opportunity to meet our education ambassadors, play games, take photos, check out our gift shop, and pick up some treats from our bake sale. The festivities begin at 10:00 am and go to 12:00 noon on February 11th. This will be Lenny and Leucius’ first meet and greet and they’re both excited to meet new friends! This event has a suggested donation of $2 per person. Here is our tentative schedule: 10am-12pm Jewel, the Ornate Box Turtle Antionette, the Western Painted Turtle Evie, the Eastern Fox Snake Meadow, the Bullsnake 10am-11am Lenny, the Virginia Opossum 11am-12pm Leucius, the Virginia Opossum 10:30am-11:30pm, Chase the Striped Skunk Willow may appear in her window, with her trainer, time TBD. Raenah and Dakota are still in training, and unfortunately won’t appear. *Animal welfare is our top priority, this schedule is subject to change if our ambassadors are not 100% and able to work this... read more
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2021 HALLO-WINC EventJoin 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 AuctionIt’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 ParkJoin 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 FundraiserWildlife 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 WildlifeThank 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
Volunteer Orientation: Date TBD
Baby Bird Feeding Orientation: Saturday 6/3/2023 at 10am-12pm at the Wildlife In Need Center.
30th Annual Spring Banquet: Friday, April 19th, 2024 from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm at The Legend of Brandybrook
10th Annual Fine Wine & Dine: Saturday, October 13th, 2023 from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm at The Club at Lac Labelle, Oconomowoc, WI
Spaghetti Dinner: Saturday November4th, 2023 from 4-7pm at Dousman Ottawa Lions Club.