Today we released an Ovenbird that arrived at our facility on one of the first days of fall migration. She had suffered from a broken bone (ulna) in her right wing. She flew perfectly as she left my hand – no sign at all of the prior break. It is with joy that we watch…

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Thanks to one of our volunteers, a beautiful female Box Turtle returned home this past Saturday after over a year of forced relocation. I can only believe that she was relieved and happy to be home again after such a long journey. Her journey started over a year ago when she was crossing the road…

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Inconvenienced by finding an injured bird, I explained that doing the right thing usually isn’t convenient. Although she appeared to acquiesce and actually scheduled an appointment to bring in the injured bird, she was a no-show. Fortunately for Flint Creek Wildlife and the thousands of animals whose lives we help save every year, our volunteers…

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Meepy, our educational Barred Owl, experienced her first Oktoberfest this evening. The Village of Itasca held a Business Appreciation Night to start their Inaugural Oktoberfest which runs this weekend Friday Sept 19 from 5-11 and Saturday Sept 20 from 3-midnight. In Meepy’s humble opinion it will be one fun party. She was a little concerned…

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The flood waters at our Itasca location (located at the Spring Brook Nature Center) are receding. Left behind in their place is thick, goopy, smelly mud. A coating of mud and debris clings to the sides of the cages where our recently painted clean and shiny surface once stood. Some of the cages still have…

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Any of you following this blog know about the flooding this weekend at our newest facility in Itasca. First, let me say that the rains stopped yesterday afternoon and the water stopped rising. We were finally confident that the Itasca building would not go under water. Knowing that all animals once in outside caging were…

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Spring Brook Nature Center’s new lake, currently surrounding the entire building, now contains a flock of geese. The geese seem oblivious to the fact that their new lake is comprised of flood waters. The flood waters receded significantly during the night but have been rising again steadily during most of today. The water level is…

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So last Sunday we gave an educational program over at Prince of Peace Church in Elk Grove Village. The church liaison introduced us by talking about Noah and drawing some comparison between our work and Noah’s work. Well, of course, the comparison was regarding working with animals, not building an ark….right? The rains came down…

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One of our volunteers called me stating that Old Red, one of the education Red-tailed Hawks at our Itasca facility, had a visitor. Interested, I followed her to Old Red’s mew (cage). I rounded the corner and didn’t see anyone standing there then, looking down, I saw Red standing low in her cage on a…

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