What a whirwind couple of weeks! The response regarding Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation’s new Northerly location has been overwhelming!
The Chicago Park District and Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation issued a joint press release (see post that includes the actual press release) and, before I knew it, the phone was ringing off the hook.
It is clear from the response that the Chicago Park District and other project advocates (chiefly Robbie Hunsinger of CBCM and Bob O’Neill of the Grant Park Conservancy) were correct in their assessment. The people of Chicago want a bird rehabilitation center at Northerly.
So, back to the media….
The Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Journal, Associated Press, Daily Herald, Daily Southtown and Skyline News have all run stories on the opening of the Flint Creek Wildlife Northerly Island facility. It has been covered by several radio stations and was even discussed at length on the Jonathon Brandmeier show.
Of course, even the most meaningful projects have critics. In a letter to the editor at the Chicago Sun Times entitled “Bird Hospital is Ridiculous” the writer erroneously criticized the bird hospital for being a waste of taxpayer dollars (even though Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation receives no government funding).
Regardless of the letter to the editor, the vast majority of people have embraced and applauded the concept of a downtown bird rehabilitation center as they recognize the genuine need for such a facility. Thank you to all of our supporters!