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.
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)
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
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.
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”
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”
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.
“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