Animal Answers: Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center

Fox21 Presents Animal Answers: Wildwoods

Wildwoods was featured in Fox21’s Animal Answers segment this morning! Check out the talented Tara Smith, Volunteer Coordinator for Wildwoods, talking about what we do and why we do it.

When you hear “call of the wild,” a trip to the Lake Superior Zoo might come to mind. For many in the Northland, we interact with wildlife at some point in our lives. But what happens when that interaction becomes a lifesaving action?

Source: Animal Answers: Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center

Building Up, Moving Forward

Wildwoods Drawing and plans by Arola Architecture Studio, LLC

When I first started volunteering at Wildwoods two years ago it was run out of the backyard of a private residence. Several sheds and out-buildings had been built in the back yard, with electricity and running water, but many animals spent their time in the home’s basement. Can you imagine having volunteers and staff members coming and going all day every day through your back door? Can you imagine having everything from porcupines to herons to mice and bald eagles recovering in your basement? Continue reading “Building Up, Moving Forward”

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From the MN DNR: Motorists beware: Minnesota turtles now crossing roads

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

Motorists beware: Minnesota turtles now crossing roads

June 2, 2016 Originally published at the MN DNR website.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation remind motorists to be careful of turtles crossing roads over the next several weeks as they move to familiar nesting locations.  

Allowing turtles to cross the roads is vital to preserving regional populations.

“Many turtles and other species are killed on Minnesota roads each year, especially during the nesting season,” said Carol Hall, DNR herpetologist, “In fact, roadway mortality is believed to be a major factor in turtle population declines throughout the United States.”

In Minnesota, all turtles are mainly aquatic. Overland journeys usually occur in connection with seasonal movements between different wetland habitats, during the annual early summer nesting migration of egg-laden females or when newly hatched youngsters seek the backwaters and ponds for their permanent home. Turtles can travel many miles during a single year, and may even be found far from water.

“Citizens can help document road-mortality hotspots by reporting sightings of living and deceased turtles to the Minnesota Turtle Crossing Tally & Count Project,” said Chris Smith, MnDOT wildlife ecologist. “These data can be used to identify problematic areas and alert transportation departments.”

Giving turtles a hand
The following points should be remembered:

  • Think safety. Simply pulling off the road and turning on hazard lights may alert other drivers to slow down. Be aware of surroundings and traffic. Do not swerve.
  • Avoid excessive handling. While wanting to inspect turtles closely is understandable, excessive handling can disrupt normal behavior. Prolonged examination of turtles should be limited to only one or two individuals of each species.
  • Allow unassisted road crossings. When turtles can safely cross roads unaided due to a lack of oncoming traffic, allow them to do so. Observe from a distance and avoid rapid movements, as doing otherwise will often cause turtles to change direction, stop or seek shelter within their shells.
  • Handle turtles gently. If necessary to pick them up, all turtles except snappers and softshells or “leatherbacks” should be grasped gently along the shell edge near the mid-point of the body. Be advised that many turtles empty their bladder when lifted off the ground, so be careful not to suddenly drop them.
  • Maintain direction of travel. Always move turtles in the same direction they were traveling in when encountered. Turtles should always be moved across roadways in as direct a line as possible. It may seem helpful to “assist” the turtle in its journey by moving them to a nearby body of water, but it is important to remember the phrase, “If you care, leave it there.”
  • Document your find. Help document turtle crossing and mortality areas by participating in theMinnesota Turtle Crossing Tally & Count Project.

For more information, visit the turtles crossing the road page.

The New Wildwoods Facility Takes Root

Construction begins at Wildwoods

By Tara Smith

There is a rumble of construction equipment emanating from 4009 West Arrowhead Road in Duluth! We have been eagerly watching our new Wildwoods facility begin to take shape. The old garage has been pulled down and removed to make room for our parking lot. It was great fun for us all to help with the demolition! We have watched tons of rock being trucked in and distributed to the backyard to create a level surface for our first new building. Every day, we walk the staked off area where the walls will be, and daydream about what will materialize over the next few weeks during Phase 1 of our project. It’s a very exciting time as Wildwoods begins to grow in great leaps! Continue reading “The New Wildwoods Facility Takes Root”

2016 Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser

Wildwoods 2016 Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser

It’s time! Join us May 1 at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN from 3pm-7pm for our annual silent auction fundraiser. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or at the door. Live entertainment, local food and drink vendors, a silent auction and new this year, a raffle!

Click here to buy tickets

Live entertainment from Black River Revue, Teague Alexy, and live painting by Moira Villiard

Live music from Black River Revue and Teague Alexy, PLUS as a special treat, artist Moira Villiard will be painting LIVE at the event! The painting will be available for bidding and you won’t want to miss it.

Food and drink from local vendors

Your ticket gets you free access to some of the area’s best local food and drink vendors including New Scenic Cafe, How Sweet It Is, Duluth Grill, Beaner’s Central Coffeehouse, 185 ChocolatZenith BreadMike and Jen’s Cocoa, Castle Danger Brewery, Vikre Distillery, Bent Paddle, White Winter Winery and more!

The Auction

Stay tuned to our Facebook event page to get the latest updates and get sneak previews of some of the wonderful items that will be available to bid on.


Win this quilt from McTavish Quilting Studio
Win this quilt from McTavish Quilting Studio

McTavish Quilting Studio has generously donated a beautiful hand-crafted quilt to Wildwoods for our event. Instead of being part of the silent auction, though, it’s being raffled off. Tickets can be bought now until the event at McTavish Quilting Studio, 1831 E 8th St, Duluth, MN 55812 or at our event on May 1. The winner will be selected at the fundraiser on May 1 at the end of the night. You don’t need to be present to win, but you do need to be 18 or older to buy tickets or win this gorgeous quilt. Tickets are $10 each.

McTavish Quilting Studio Raffle

McTavish Quilting Studio, owned by Karen McTavish, has generously donated an amazing hand-crafted quilt, designed exclusively for Wildwoods. The quilt will be raffled off and all proceeds will go directly to helping wildlife in need.

You can purchase tickets (if you’re 18 or over) at McTavish Quilting Studio starting March 19th at their National Quilt Day event. Tickets are $10 each and the winner will be selected during the 2016 Annual Wildwoods Silent Auction Fundraiser on May 1 at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. You don’t have to be present to win, but we’d love it if you came!

McTavish Quilting Studio is located at 1831 E 8th St, Ste G101 in Duluth, Minnesota.