Ongoing Construction

Help Wildwoods build a new facility

This year we began construction on our new wildlife rehabilitation facility. 2015 marked our last year in the original space, which was just a couple hundred square feet and operating out of the founders’ basement and back yard. Over 1,000 animals were admitted in that basement and it just wasn’t big enough any more.

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We moved to 4009 West Arrowhead Road in Duluth and began construction on the first of two new buildings which will give us 5,000 square feet of space. It hasn’t been easy and it’s been downright chaotic at times, but we’re slowly getting there. Watch our progress in the slideshow below.

Even though the first building is done, this project is far from over. Slated for 2017 are:

  • A second 2,500 square foot building (and all the caging and equipment to go in it)
  • Laundry facility
  • Security system
  • Outdoor pre-release and test-flight cages
  • Parking lot and run-off filtration system
  • Updated medical exam room with x-ray and other testing equipment
  • Landscaping
  • Updates to the existing house, making it appropriate office space and animal admission area

Most of the materials from this project are from recycled sources and great care has been put into making sure our impact on local wildlife and ecosystem is as minimal as possible. If you’d like to help us complete this project, please donate to our Support Our Growth fund. The whole project is expected to cost nearly $500,000 and at the time of this writing we have just over $81,000.

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Environmental impact of our new facility

Construction on the first building of Wildwoods' new animal care facility is nearly complete.

Some people have asked us what the environmental impact of building a new facility for our wildlife rehabilitation efforts will be. We spent several years planning, revising those plans, and revising the revisions to make sure we were being responsible stewards of the land within our property and surrounding it. A proper balance needed to be struck between the needs of our patients, staff, city & county regulations, and the environment. This is not an easy, or cheap, thing to do but it is important. We’ve done our due diligence and we are certain that we have found the right balance. Continue reading “Environmental impact of our new facility”

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”

Support Our Growth: Phase 2

Support Our Growth and help Wildwoods build a new facility

If you’ve been following us you know that construction is under way on our new facility! We’ve completed Phase 1 and are moving full-steam ahead on Phase 2, but we still need your help.

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“Northlanders take pride in our stewardship of our amazing natural surroundings. A new Wildwoods animal rehab center will embody our region’s values and respect for wildlife. Let’s make this dream come true.”
– Former Duluth Mayor, Don Ness

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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”

Support Our Growth

Help Wildwoods build a new facility

Update 5/26/2016: We have completed Phase 1 and are on to Phase 2! Learn more about that here.

Wildwoods has quickly outgrown our original facility. We’ve purchased property at 4009 W Arrowhead Road in Duluth, MN but we need your help to build the new facility! In 2015 we admitted 1,100 animals (doubled from just two years ago). In order to meet demand and provide excellent, prompt and humane care for the thousands of animals we expect to receive, we need to build a new facility from the ground up.

The expansion will be rolled out in four phases to be completed by end of year 2017. We need your help now to raise the funds we need for Phase 1.
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