Thank You Thursday

Thank You Thursday

Thank You Thursday took a bit of a break so we have some catching up to do! Thanks to all the people who have donated to Wildwoods over the past couple of months. We couldn’t operate without you and the 1,200+ animals we cared for would have missed their second chance. You make this wonderful work happen!

Don’t forget to check out our Wildwoods Rockstar Leaderboard!

Over $1,000 Up to $1,000 Up to $500
Anonymous
Anonymous (Support Our Growth)
Mark B. (In-Kind Goods/Services)
Debbie C. (Fox Enclosure) Lynne & Keith H.
Up to $100 Up to $50 Up to $25
Gretchen C., In Honor of Sam Phillips Anonymous
Camelle P.
Deb P. (Fox Enclosure)
Emily M. (Fox Enclosure)
Farzad F. (Membership)
Jenny H.
Kayla H.
Peter M.
Susan S.
Amber B. (Membership)
Annette P. (Dollar Days)
Anonymous
Antoinette W.
Antoinette W. (Fox Enclosure)
Arne V.
Barbara C. (Dollar Days)
Bill H. (Dollar Days)
Brenda G. (Dollar Days)
Catherine O. (Membership)
Cynthia H. (Membership)
Darla D. (Dollar Days)
Deborah B. (Membership)
Diane O. (Membership)
Donna W. (Fox Enclosure)
Elizabeth N. (Dollar Days)
Farzad F. (Membership)
Gail B.
Heather M. (Fox Enclosure)
Heather S. (Dollar Days)
Jan K. (Membership)
Jennifer C. (Dollar Days)
Jennifer F. (Dollar Days)
Jessica D. (Membership)
Joanne C. (Dollar Days)
Jodi P. (Dollar Days)
JoLissa K. (Membership)
Judith S. (Dollar Days)
Judith T. (Membership)
Kathy And John B. (Membership)
Kayla D. (Dollar Days)
Kristin R.
Maria I. (Dollar Days)
Maryann J. (Membership)
Maureen T. (Dollar Days)
Megan S.
Melissa W. (Dollar Days)
Michael M.
Michele F.
Molly C. (Dollar Days)
Molly R. (Fox Enclosure)
Nancy A. (Membership)
Nichole L. (Dollar Days)
Penelope H. (Dollar Days)
Ryan I. (Membership)
Sarah Z. (Membership)
Sharon F B.
Shelley S. (Membership)
Stephanie H.
Su N.
Tami V. (Fox Enclosure)

Last but not least…

THANK YOU to everyone who has brought in animals. We simply do not have the resources to pick up all the animals we receive calls about, and so we rely on the community to bring the animals to us. We are so appreciative of the time and effort you put in to partner with us in saving these wild animals.

Without this amazing community of compassionate people, we would not be able to do what we do.

If we missed your name on our list this time please accept our apologies and know that you are appreciated! Without your support Wildwoods could not continue and every person who donates, volunteers, or brings us wild animals in need is our hero.

Thanks!!

Thank You Thursday

Thank You Thursday

Thank You Thursday took a bit of a break so we have some catching up to do! Thanks to all the people who have donated to Wildwoods over the past couple of months. We couldn’t operate without you and the 1,200+ animals we cared for would have missed their second chance. You make this wonderful work happen!

Don’t forget to check out our Wildwoods Rockstar Leaderboard!

Over $1,000 Up to $1,000 Up to $500
Anonymous
David G. A. Alexander & Christina Tarasczuk (Support Our Growth Campaign)
South Pier Inn (Fox Enclosure)
Amy Susag-Maynard
Anonymous (Fox Enclosure)
Anonymous (Memberships)
Barbara Possin
Becky Persgard
Bill And Rachel Payne
Branden Robinson, In Honor of Mary Hunner Robinson (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Brenda Macdougall
Carrie Battisti
Charles & Viki Tietz
Cynthia Hagley
Dale & Betty Sola
Dave & Desi Taylor
David And Amy Fogarty
Debora Rachelle Inc. (Fox Enclosure)
Duluth Family Sauna
Gerald Walz
Greg & Deb Neve
Greg & Deb Neve (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Jackie Dolentz
Joan Sandidge
Joe & Mary Sitek
Judie Sands
Katherine Harris
Laurie Laqualia
Lisa Ciorlieri
Lisa Taft
Liz Stanley
Mary Traynor
Mohammad Farr
Penny Fuller
Rafat Farr
Rene Lind
Robert Meierhoff
Roberta Vose, In Memory of David Vose
Roger Parsons
Shahbaz Taheri, In Memory of Manouchehr Lighvani
Shawn Zierman
Steve Sola (In-Kind Goods/Services)
Stone River Enterprise & Wildlife Control
Thomas & Julia Bittinger
Up to $100 Up to $50 Up to $25
Amy Maynard, In Honor of Hannah and Sidney
Amy Ramnaraine
Andrea Woyt
Angela Arden (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Angela Carson
Anne Hinderliter
Anne Vollmerhausen (Fox Enclosure)
Barbara Anderson
Barbara Backlund, In Memory of Madeleine and Sweet Pea
Carmen Arnold
Catherine Roby
Cathy Leece
Charles & Diana Moore
Cheryl Goldberg
Christine Ostby
Connie & Richard Larson
Cynthia Leider
Deb Holmen
Debbie Pearson
Debora Bernick, In Honor of Park Point Foxes
Diane Smith
Donald & Deborah Pierce
Donna Timonen
Elda Hein
Elogger
Frank And Kate Nicoletti
Ginny Warfield
Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, Inc., In Memory of Carolyn Joy Vesterstein
Jacquelyn Harvey
Jan Jarvis
Jane Howard
Janice & Stanley Burns
Jc Sewing (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Joanne Chabot
Jon Vice
Judith Sarvela
Judith Torrence & Mary Anne Daniel (Membership)
Judy Malmstrom, In Memory of Carolyn Joy Vesterstein
Karen Johnson
Kathleen Evans
Kayla Hemmerle
Kelly Barbo-Pederson (In-Kind Goods/Services)
Kelly Johnson, Weston Wehr And Family, In Memory of Carolyn Joy Vesterstein
Kent And Jody Richards
Keri Riemer, In Memory of Storm
Kevin Fredericks (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Laura Fournier
Laura Solem
Lindsey Armstrong
Lori Pederson
Lori Sutherland
Lorraine Slabbaert-Norrgard
Mara Kirk Hart
Mark Thompson
Martha Bjornson (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Martha Wolf
Mary Chang
Michael & Sheralyn Zlonis
Michelle Stoffel-Blanck
Pam Solberg-Tapper
Pamela Miller
Pat Montgomery, In Honor of Tara Smith
Rachel Stanton, In Memory of Pumpkin Stanley the Bean
Randall Schwandt
Rebel Gustafson
Richard P Axler
Ronald Caple
Sally Smith
Scott Fraser (In-Kind Goods/Services)
Shawn & Renee Wynn (In-Kind Goods/Services)
Shelley Smith
Sherry Lahti, In Memory of Eino Lahti
Susan Smith
Terry Guggenbuehl
Vincent Michealson
Walter & Gerianne Pietrowski (Fox Enclosure)
Allison Nathe
Amber Burns (Membership)
Amylynne Hermanek, In Honor of To the sweetest golden- Tess
Andrea Crouse
Ann Litersky
Ann Mccoy, In Honor of Bergeron Girls [5]
Anne Estoppey
Anonymous (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Arne Vainio
Betty Liberty
Brenda Johnson
Brian & Laurie Olson
Brooke Austin
Candace Keane
Carmine Profant
Catherine Adams
Charmaine Holtz
Charmaine Holtz (Membership)
Christine Nowik, In Honor of Matthew Nowik
Christine Olson
Clifford & Terry Bronniche
Colleen Javorina
David Orman & Melanie Bonney
Deann Abate
Debra Palmer
Diane Kolquist
Diane Orville (Membership)
Dorcelia Harrison
Doris Mehlberg
Elaine Luelf, In Honor of Karen Pauls
Elizabeth Hooper, In Memory of Furnando
Ellen Brown
Ellyn Wiens
Fiona Pradhan
Grace Glick (Membership)
Greg & Terri Reinke
Greg Lindseth
Gregory Van Blargan
Heather Macdonald
Heidi & Jeff Sell
Heidi Paltzee
Irene Berg
Jackie Pechin, In Honor of Nan Wisherd
Jamie Meidlinger
Jan Killian
Jan Stern
Jane Murschel
Jane Murschel, In Honor of Wildlife
Jeff Skogstad, In Honor of Jennifer Skogstad
Jennifer Skogstad (Membership)
Jessica Deangelo
Joan Sell
Joel Fuller
John And Jocelyn Bollins
John Polecheck (In-Kind Goods/Services)
Joseph Sitek, In Honor of Annie Sitek
Julee Borg (Dollar Days)
Julie Ahasay
Karen Hill
Karen K Bright
Karmen Rushton
Kathryn Borg (Fox Enclosure)
Kelly Kurosky
Kim Lindseth
Kristen Gregerson
Lisa Koprivech
Lisa Murray
Loretta Hautajarvi
Lynn Arbogast
Marcia Becker
Marcy Harris, In Memory of Amber
Marilynne Roberts
Mark & Shirley Collins (Fox Enclosure)
Marlene Johnston & Bryan Packingham
Marva Beckman
Mary Dabbas
Mary Weatherby-Berg, In Honor of Don Weatherby
Melissa Mcmahon
Michele Fitzgerald
Michelle Cook
Muriel Wallgren
Nichole Lee (Dollar Days)
Nikki Anderson, In Honor of Wild Rabbit
Patrick Began
Rebecca Prochaska
Regina Sacchetti, In Memory of Reginald and Roberta Sackette
Richard Amey
Robin Poppe
Rod Ustipak
Rory Strange
Rosemary Sampson
Sally Anderson
Sarah Meckstroth
Sarah Ziring (Membership)
Sharon F Buchanan, In Memory of Patricia Hanson (Fox Enclosure)
Shelley Konrad
Sonia Kjos
Stephanie Lunning
Steve Johnson, In Honor of Steve Johnson
Susan Holloway
Susana Terrell
Tammy Schmidt
Terence Essen
Tim Liddicoat
Tim Traynor
Tracy Economos
Vicki Westrick
Vivette Botner (Fox Enclosure)
Wendy Johnson
William Maxwell
Alayne Degonia
Alberta Marana
Allison Herrick
Amber Jacobson-Williams
Amy Hilburger, In Memory of Leia
Anissa Anderson
Ann Peterson
Anne Hovde
Anne Nikkila
Annette Price (Dollar Days)
Anonymous, In Memory of Harry Bell
Antoinette Wellman
Arnold & Marlene Miller
Bailey Bell, In Memory of Dr. Harry & Mrs. Floy Bell
Barbara Anderson (Membership)
Barbara Caskey (Dollar Days)
Barbara Proell
Becky Haase
Bill Braman
Bill Huseth (Dollar Days)
Brenda Grandahl (Dollar Days)
Brenda Michels
Brooke Austin (Membership)
Caitlin Anderson
Cammie Young
Carrie Hatler
Catherine Ostos (Membership)
Cathleen Wood (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Charlene Matheson
Chelsea Verhel
Chris Isakson
Chris Machmer
Claire Wasmund
Clifford & Terry Bronniche (Fox Enclosure)
Connie Gunderson (Membership)
Cristina Weske
Cynthia Hagley (Membership)
Danielle Billington
Darla Delaney (Dollar Days)
David & Deborah Swenson
Deborah Brander (Membership)
Denise Haynes
Don Januszewski
Elizabeth Nelson (Dollar Days)
Ellen Carlson
Elyse Hornstein
Em Westerlund
Erica Forman
Frank & Phyllis Ryan
Frank Ryan
Gabriela Ostgaard
Gary And Jan Small
Gina Tennison
Grace Glick
Greg Menor
Gudrun Kamps
Heather Paulson (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Heather Skaudis (Dollar Days)
Heidi Hahn
Helen Makela
Jacob Lyons, In Honor of St. Barnabas Bunnies
Jaimie Marcus
Jamie Lahti
Jan Killian (Membership)
Jane Fitzpatrick
Janice Erickson
Jason Traver
Jean Brislance
Jeanne Peloquin
Jenni Charrier
Jennie Wabrowetz
Jennifer Chilberg (Dollar Days)
Jennifer Flynn (Dollar Days)
Jennifer Moses
Jennifer Skogstad
Jenny Schroetter
Jesse Porter, In Honor of Aaron Bosanko
Jessica DeAngelo (Membership)
Jessica Peterson
Joanne Chabot (Dollar Days)
Jodi Lieske
Jodi Lieske (Fox Enclosure)
Jodi Peterson (Dollar Days)
Jody Purrington
John Dietz, In Honor of Ashley
Jolissa Kowalik
JoLissa Kowalik (Membership)
Josie Olson
Judie Sands (Membership)
Judith Sheriff (Dollar Days)
Judy Curtiss
Julianne Vasichek, In Memory of Simba
Julie Marano
June Anderson
Karen Draeger
Karen Laumb
Kassidy Brede (Membership)
Kathy And John Bray (Membership)
Kayla Dorman (Dollar Days)
Kelia Axler
Kimberly Davis
Kylie Mcclymonds
Laura Luhrs
Laurie Bailey (Membership)
Laurie Franks
Laurie Sackette, In Honor of Sasha
Les Conrad
Libby Linnum
Linda Swanson
Lindsey Lehman
Linsey Santamaria
Lisa Jackson
Margie Nelson
Maria Isley (Dollar Days)
Mark Westhed
Marlene Packingham
Mary Beth Bujold (Support Our Growth Campaign)
Mary Mackaman
Maryann Johnson (Membership)
Maryellen Kervina, In Memory of John Baker
Matthew Moses
Matthew Noyes
Maureen Talarico
Maureen Talarico (Dollar Days)
Megan Gingery, In Honor of Cyanne
Megan Martin, In Honor of Barn Swallow
Megan Stanton
Megan Stanton (Membership)
Meghan Callahan
Melissa Weidendorf (Dollar Days)
Mercedes A Roberson
Michele Trautlein
Michelle Leblanc
Mike & Mary Gaidis (Fox Enclosure)
Mindy Bichel
Molly Cherro (Dollar Days)
Morgan Reckinger
Nancy Anderson
Nancy Anderson (Membership)
Nancy Claussen
Neil Wonderchek
Nichole Carter
Pam Cavers, In Honor of My Bunnies
Pat And Karl Olesen
Patricia Kuszler (Fox Enclosure)
Penelope Hillemann (Dollar Days)
Peter Handberg
Philip Richards
Phillip Coffman
Richard Ulkus
Ronald Lane (Membership)
Ryan Irlbeck (Membership)
Sally Myers
Sarah Solberg
Sarah Wilcox
Scott Yeazle
Shane Breeman (Dollar Days)
Shannon Barber-Meyer
Sharon Captain
Sharon Scott
Shawn & Renee Wynn
Sheila Rawski
Shelley Kuszler (Fox Enclosure)
Shelley Smith (Membership)
Shelley Taylor
Stacy Walker
Stefanie Tucker
Steph Macphail
Stephanie Wisniewski
Steven
Su Neuhauser, In Honor of Jay Moynihan
Susan York
Suzanne & Gregory Johnson
Terrance & Rebecca Mulenburg (Outdoor Aviaries)
Tom Bergum
Wendi Williams
Wendy Schwartz
Xakk & Liz Asphodel
Yvonne Rutford

Last but not least…

THANK YOU to everyone who has brought in animals. We simply do not have the resources to pick up all the animals we receive calls about, and so we rely on the community to bring the animals to us. We are so appreciative of the time and effort you put in to partner with us in saving these wild animals.

Without this amazing community of compassionate people, we would not be able to do what we do.

If we missed your name on our list this time please accept our apologies and know that you are appreciated! Without your support Wildwoods could not continue and every person who donates, volunteers, or brings us wild animals in need is our hero.

Thanks!!

Letter from the Executive Director

Wildwoods wishes you a happy 2017

2016—Wow, what a year for Wildwoods! Our Duluth-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization has had many record-breaking and ground-breaking moments this year. For instance, this year, Wildwoods helped over 1,250 wild animals in need—a record for us! However, Wildwoods is far more than a place where orphaned or injured animals receive care and treatment. Wildwoods is also a resource for the people of Duluth and surrounding communities. Every person who rescues an animal and brings it to Wildwoods is grateful that we’re here to help. Wildwoods is also a place where passionate volunteers and interns learn firsthand how to care for wildlife in need. It is amazing how a person’s perception of a type of wild animal changes after they directly care for one. In this way, Wildwoods helps renew connections between people, our natural surroundings, and our wild neighbors that have eroded over time.

This year has also been one of profound change and growth for Wildwoods. In 2016, we moved out of the basement and backyard of our founders and into our own space, a 6-acre lot on West Arrowhead Road. This spring we broke ground, built, and then moved into a brand-new facility that you and your amazing support have helped us build! Thanks to your generosity and love for wildlife, we now have three times more space to better care for our wild patients.

Construction, the capital campaign, and higher operating costs made 2016 one of the most challenging years for our young organization. This would not have been possible if it weren’t for the support of our great community. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! Former Duluth Mayor, Don Ness put it beautifully when he said “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.”

In addition to the move, construction, and the capital campaign, Wildwoods had a record-breaking year for the number of patients admitted. We admitted over 1,250 animals this year, a 30% increase since 2015. In terms of animals cared for, Wildwoods is now the second largest wildlife rehabilitation center in state of Minnesota. That’s something we Northlanders can take great pride in!

We not only admitted more animals than ever in 2016, but our patients came from 22 counties, not just from St. Louis County, up from 13 counties in 2015. This underlines how important wildlife is to Northlanders and how necessary Wildwoods is.

Wildwoods’ mission goes far beyond caring for injured and orphaned animals. One of our main focuses is education—teaching folks what to do if you find an injured or orphaned animal, and showing ways we all can peacefully coexist with our wild neighbors. We take our message to schools, libraries, clubs and homes. In 2016, we gave 16 presentations. We also have a bi-monthly article in the Duluth Budgeteer, and are a resource for people who call on the phone and need guidance with a wildlife concern.

2017 is going to be another challenging year for Wildwoods as we continue to grow. In 2017, we are moving into the second phase of our badly needed expansion, with a higher operating budget. We are confident that with help from our generous community, we will move forward in building a sustainable organization that will serve the people and wildlife of northern Minnesota for years to come.

From all of us at Wildwoods, Happy New Year!

Farzad Farr, Executive Director

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.

Donate to Support Our Growth

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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