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JANUARY 15, 2010
TOURS at BACK TO THE WILD
Thanks so much for your interest in our wildlife rehabilitation efforts and our educational programming. Yes, we are open to the public for tours of the facilities. Tour times are from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. ~ 7 days a week, with a few exceptions. We provide tours for as few as one or two people or for very large groups, so please do feel free to visit the center to see the work being done here. We do, however, exist 100% on private donations as our only source of funding. We are not able to provide free tours, but do not charge a fee. Donations are much-needed and greatly appreciated.
Tours take about 45 minutes to an hour. You can set up a tour through e-mail or via a phone call the same day or you may call to set a visit up several days in advance. A call ahead is greatly appreciated, so we can be sure someone will be here to provide a tour for you. We are often giving scheduled presentations to groups here at the center that you may wish to join. There are some weekends and weekdays when we are off-site giving presentations and many of our program animals are with us, but most of the time you will find us right here at the center, unable to escape the constant parade of injured wild animals coming down the drive!
We love sharing our facility with anyone interested in nature. Each year, over 70,000 children and adults attend our educational programs where they are encouraged to respect, appreciate, preserve and protect the natural world. My work is a "labor of love" for sure, and I have a passion to help children especially, discover, explore and learn more about the natural world, and help them re-connect with nature. We will be more than happy to give you and your family a tour to see the work being done here. Our tour is very enjoyable and entertaining, but the content is educational and will hopefully help the public become more aware of problems facing wildlife today and what we can do to help wildlife survive, without interfering in their natural world.
We are Federally and State licensed and operate under strict wildlife regulations. The wildlife that is being rehabilitated here at the center is not allowed to be handled, petted, or talked to, as our goal is to return them to the wild. We make every effort not to imprint them on humans. We do have many permanently disabled wild animals, who cannot be released and who are used as educational tools to benefit other wildlife. These can be viewed up close and personal and include many different species of hawks and owls, Bald Eagles, fox, bobcats, opossums, flying squirrels, weasels, minks, woodchucks, Great Blue Herons and Egrets, bitterns, ducks, swans, woodpeckers, songbirds, butterflies, turtles, snakes, salamanders and more. I do permit photos to be taken of our permanent residents, but again, we have to be sure the animals are not handled or stressed.
During the spring and summer months, we are overwhelmed with orphaned wildlife, including squirrels, skunks, bunnies, opossums, ducklings, songbirds of all kinds and more overflowing our incubators. Each year, we rescue over 2,500 injured wild animals! There are very few wildlife rehabilitation centers throughout the country and the need is great for every community to have one available to them.
We hope you will enjoy your visit here and help us continue our work! Thanks so much for your interest. If you would like, I can send you a packet of literature. Be sure to visit our website listed below.
Sincerely ~ Mona Rutger
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