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Hoo Haven, Inc. is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned North American wildlife and community education about the preservation of wildlife and their natural habitats.
After 30 years of wildlife rehabilitation experience, Hoo Haven is a model for the future of this area's wildlife rehabilitation and conservation efforts. Since Hoo Haven's incorporation and in January 2000 and it's change to non-profit, 501(C)(3) status, the wildlife rehabilitation service has moved from inside a private residence to a separate facility on the property. Over the past six years, additional enclosures have been built on the property and include a deer/waterfowl pen, squirrel pens, raptor pens and the newest the "Marlys Bulander Eagle Flight Exercise Pen" which enabled Hoo Haven to gain certification as a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service "Regional Eagle Recovery Center" in 2005.
Hoo Haven primarily serves a five-county area of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin including Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Rock County in WI.
Wildlife Rehabilitation: Hoo Haven works closely with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources. Each year, Hoo Haven receives over 2000 referral calls and admits between 400-800 birds and mammals to the facility for treatment. Happily, most are successfully released to the wild as healthy animals. Small mammals (squirrels, rabbits), large mammals (deer, fox, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, woodchucks), and raptors are the most frequently seen patients at Hoo Haven. We are honored to be deemed a USFWS Regional Eagle Recovery Center for the past two years.
Public Education: The Raptor Ambassador Program utilizes unreleasable birds of prey to teach the community about the wildlife/human conflicts, the effect of human carelessness with rapid urban development and ways to show compassion to injured, ill, or orphaned wildlife. During 2010, Hoo Haven presented the Raptor Ambassador Program to 150 groups throughout the Illinois and Wisconsin area. Many of these programs were for elementary school children and served as an "in-school field trip" and were sponsored by grants and PTO funding. Recurrent programs offered throughout the year include Wildlife Rehabilitator Course (Rock Valley College and Kishwaukee Community College); Earth Day celebration (Rock Valley College and others); Annual Eagle Watch (Clinton, IA); Harry Potter Celebrations (Rockford Public Library); White Eagle Camp (University of Illinois Extension); Burpee Museum of Natural History (After School Program and Wild Wild Weekends); Klehm Arboretum's Fall Festival.
Renewable Energy Program: Hoo Haven has gone "Green" with both solar and wind power! There is plenty of opportunity to learn more about this power and to educate the community about it as well.
Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center accepts donations. Donate Now.
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