It's hard to believe that Flint Creek Wildlife has been operating for almost 5 years. In that time, we accomplished much - yet there is so much more work ahead and so many more animals that need our help!
We are the largest privately funded wildlife rehabilitation center in the Chicago area with locations in Barrington, Chicago and Itasca. By 2008 year-end, we will have treated over 8,600 animals and expect to treat more than 3,000 animals next year alone. Our dedicated volunteers allow us to operate on an extremely lean budget; nonetheless, the costs of medical care, food and housing are high. We need to raise $125,000 annually to support our current level of operations.
In addition to treating injured and orphaned wildlife, we have a group of committed volunteers that go out each morning during migration to rescue birds that have collided with windows. Those birds are transported to our downtown Northerly Island bird hospital for treatment. Being able to efficiently and adeptly triage birds for these time-sensitive injuries resulted in an astounding 90% survival rate in 2007
We also have an amazing group of 19 non-releasable birds of prey that help us teach about the perils faced by wildlife while instilling respect for these magnificent creatures. We intend to expand our educational outreach in 2009.
In the end, the animals that depend on us are the best expression of the importance of our work. Take Old Red, for example, a non-releasable Red-tailed Hawk who almost lost her home of 16 years due to budget cuts, but was able to remain home because Flint Creek Wildlife privatized the program by partnering with the Village of Itasca. Or look at our blog story Love of a Lifetime about a Red-tailed Hawk that almost died from blood loss, but whose will to live ultimately resulted not only in his survival but also in being reunited with his mate.
Our work is dependent on your support. No amount you give is too small.
We thank you, our volunteers thank you, and the animals thank you.
To help please visit our Annual Fundraising Campaign Page at: www.firstgiving.com/flintcreekwildlife
You can visit my personal page at: www.firstgiving.com/philhampel
or Dawn's personal page at www.firstgiving.com/flintcreekdawn
or use the links on the right side of this page to make a donation via pay pal.
Thanks for spending time with us on this blog.
We wish you and your families and all the animals a very Happy and Joyous Holiday!
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is a state and federally licensed facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning fully rehabilitated wildlife to its natural habitat. Flint Creek promotes respect for wildlife and wildlife habitats through public education programs. Flint Creek also supports efforts to repopulate endangered and threatened wildlife species.
Flint Creek Wildlife currently operates its main facility from a property along Flint Creek in the greater Barrington, Illinois area. Flint Creek is seeking a larger property that will support its longer term growth.
Flint Creek Wildlife has satellite facilities in downtown Chicago at Northerly Island (formerly Meigs Field) and in Itasca at the Spring Brook Nature Center.
Flint Creek Wildlife maintains educational birds of prey on public display at its Itasca location.
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Flint Creek Wildlife does not receive government funding and is entirely dependent on public donations. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed under law.