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Flint Creek Wildlife and Chicago Park District Press Release Regarding Northerly Island

Posted on 23 March 2006 by Dawn Keller

Below is the press release issued jointly by Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation and the Chicago Park District regarding Flint Creek Wildlife's satellite location at Northerly Island. We are truly excited about this new location and will post blogs to keep you abreast of these developments.

Here it goes....

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, Chicago Park District Announce Bird Rehabilitation Center at Northerly Island

Injured birds will have a place to go for help in Chicago thanks to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. The suburban-based organization is opening a bird hospital at Northerly Island on April 1, the only center of its kind within city limits. The center will treat injured birds of prey and songbirds from across the city.

“The Chicago Park District is proud that the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be located at Northerly Island, one of Chicago’s newest parks,” said Timothy J. Mitchell, the chief executive officer and general superintendent of the Chicago Park District.

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation recently finalized the agreement with the Chicago Park District to allow them to run the rehabilitation center at Northerly Island, 1400 S. Lynn White Drive. The center will be located within the visitor’s center, formerly known as the terminal building.

Flint Creek Wildlife's Northerly Island location will be a satellite location to Flint Creek Wildlife's primary location in Barrington, Ill. This new location will accept injured birds by appointment. Rescuers with injured birds may contact Flint Creek Wildlife at (847)602-0628.

“The opening of this facility marks an important milestone for birds in the Chicago area,” said Dawn Keller, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation's founder, president and executive director. “Flint Creek Wildlife's Northerly Island location will be the first bird rehabilitation center located just minutes from the Chicago Loop. Its location will allow birds to get medical care earlier, thus improving their chances of survival.”

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is working to organize a variety of fundraising events to support the new facility.

Flint Creek Wildlife

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning fully rehabilitated wildlife to their 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.

Established in 2003, Flint Creek Wildlife operates 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 Rehabilitation relies solely on public funding and graciously accepts donations in order to support its lifesaving work. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, please visit the web site at http://www.flintcreekwildlife.org/.

Northerly Island

In 2004, the Chicago Park District returned Northerly Island to the people of Chicago, lauding the importance of increasing the city’s recreational space and parkland. The 91-acre peninsula relinquished its status as a small municipal airport in 2003, and has since undergone a series of landscaping and construction projects to convert the site into a park befitting of renowned architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham’s legendary 1909 Plan of Chicago. Phase two of the public meetings will continue this year to generate ideas for the park’s future use.

For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 7300 acres of parkland, 552 parks, 32 beaches, ten museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, 10 bird and wildlife gardens, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/ or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312/742.PLAY.

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