BACK TO THE WILD®
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION &
NATURE EDUCATION CENTER
4504 Bardshar Road - MAP
BACK TO THE WILD ® , Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.
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DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH AN INJURED ANIMAL?
If you know of an injured or orphaned animal, please consult our instructions for what to do. You need to be sure that an animal is, indeed, an orphan and not still under the care of its parent.
This Snowy Owl was returned to the wild, after being rehabilitated at BACK TO THE WILD®. She had arrived with her feet entangled in a twin treble-hook fishing lure. Her beak had also been caught in one of the same hooks. This owl was able to be released after rehabilitation since the person who found her called BACK TO THE WILD® right away.
Look here for helpful information and how to contact BACK TO THE WILD®.
Mona Rutger is a CNN HERO!
In late May 2013, it was announced that Mona, the Back To The Wild director, is a CNN HERO! Read the article and view the video to see how her Back To The Wild center has rescued and cared for more than 42,000 animals at her backyard wildlife sanctuary in Castalia, Ohio.
On October 10th, CNN announced their selection of the Top 10 CNN Heroes, chosen from the 24 CNN Heroes profiled this year. Mona will continue to be profiled as a CNN Hero on their website, but did not make it into the TOP 10. Here is Mona's message to all of you who have been following this amazing event!
A heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who have been following my CNN Hero selection this year! I am overwhelmed by ALL of your support and good wishes. This has meant a great deal to my staff, volunteers and everyone here at Back To The Wild. I am truly overwhelmed and very honored to have been chosen as one of 24 CNN Heroes and more importantly to have our work with wildlife and conservation education recognized as something of value to all communities. I never expected to be named in the Top 10 Category, because of the magnitude of what the other Heroes have done and the phenomenal impact they have had on so many people in need! You only have to read about each of them to realize why they were chosen! I am truly not disappointed to not be named in the Top 10 and extend a huge and heartfelt congratulations to each of those who were chosen! This has been an overwhelming experience for me on many levels. Being featured on CNN's website as one of 24 CNN Heroes chosen globally, has allowed me to be an ambassador for wildlife rehabilitators everywhere, making people aware of our work all over the world! For that, I am truly honored! !!! I so appreciate all the support of everyone who wanted Back To The Wild to be in the Top 10, but we are genuinely thrilled for those non-profits who are now in the Top 10 and wish them the best!
The only downside is that it would have been a wonderful opportunity for us to win the $50,000 award from CNN, as it would have helped us financially to get through the winter. Each year, our funds run dangerously low, causing us to evaluate whether or not we will be able to keep our doors open and continue this work! It would literally break my heart to have to end our work in wildlife rehabilitation and especially in educating young children about our natural world. I am very passionate about this work and will do whatever it takes to keep it going. I only want to be able to continue rescuing wildlife and sharing our stories and experiences with the public, so they can learn ways to respect and protect our natural world and become responsible stewards of the planet! We will just have to get creative and find another way to raise the necessary funding to keep our doors open! Thanks again, so much, to ALL of you for your time, correspondence, financial and moral support and many kind words. You are all my Heroes!
Sincerely ~ Mona
CAN YOU HELP US HELP WILDLIFE?
BACK TO THE WILD DEPENDS 100% ON DONATIONS FROM CARING PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.
WE RECEIVE NO FUNDING FROM STATE & FEDERAL AGENCIES WHO LICENSE US, NOR ARE WE SUPPORTED BY ANY TAX MONIES.
YOUR DONATION WILL HELP US KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN TO INJURED WILDLIFE AND PUBLIC EDUCATION.
CAN YOU HELP US HELP WILDLIFE AND MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE?
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Cars for Critters
Ottawa Wildlife Refuge
Ottawa County, Ohio
OCTOBER 5 & 6
Huron Twp., Erie Co., Ohio
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Back To The Wild
New Year Letter from Mona
Please read this letter from Mona, the center's director to read about the center's educational efforts, recognition of the center's staff and volunteers, and recognition of the supporters. All supporters are important to the success of the center's goals.
BALD EAGLE RELEASE
On August 26, 2013, a juvenile Bald Eagle was released near where it was rescued seven weeks earlier on Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie. Check out the photo page where you can see some of the activities involved in a release at a remote location.
BACK TO THE WILD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS SCHEDULE
Find out when and where you can see Back To The Wild's live wildlife educational programs in 2013! The center's staff present educational programs throughout the year at the center and at various locations.
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For current and past news articles and stories about center activities, check the news page.
Check there now for a newspaper article about the Clyde HS Science Club sponsorship of a bobcat!
How can I contribute to BACK TO THE WILD?
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DONATING AN AUTOMOBILE CAN BE BENEFICIAL TO WILDLIFE REHABILITATION!
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Kids Who Care!
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Eagle Flight Cage
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X 18' high)
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What is BACK TO THE WILD®?
BACK TO THE WILD® is a volunteer, non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and nature education center located in northwest Ohio. Its primary mission is to rehabilitate and ultimately release into their natural habitat, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife.
BACK TO THE WILD® also presents educational programs to schools and to members of youth groups and community organizations. For further information, contact Mona Rutger at 419-684-9539 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BACK TO THE WILD, P. O. Box 423, Castalia OH 44824
Artwork courtesy of Bill Kuhlman.
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WILDLIFE RESCUE INFORMATION
BEST TO LEAVE THEM ALONE
It is easy to mistake UNATTENDED baby wild animals as "abandoned". Please watch from a distance and evaluate the situation. If you are unsure, call a rehabilitation center before removing them from their nest. In many cases, the mother is nearby, feeding or hunting for her young and will return when she feels it is safe to approach her nest. Even if you've mistakenly rescued a nest of babies, it is possible to REUNITE baby wild animals with their parent. In many cases, the mother will accept them back, even if you have touched them.
Do not plan on raising baby wild animals on your own. Young wildlife require special diets and care beyond what the average household is prepared to manage. Wildlife rehabilitators are fully licensed by both state and federal agencies, are able to provide proper diets, housing, and medical attention, and are adequately trained to care for and prepare an animal for survival and return to the wild.
If you are aware of a wild animal which you think needs assistance, you may contact BACK TO THE WILD® by telephone at 419-684-9539.
The center is located east of Castalia, Ohio at 4504 Bardshar Road. The center is about three miles south of the State Route 2 and State Route 101 intersection. Take SR 101 south about one mile to the intersection with Bardshar Road. Go south (left) on Bardshar one and a half miles to the center.
Castalia is about five miles southwest of Sandusky, Ohio.
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BACK TO THE WILD® Non-Profit Status
BACK TO THE WILD®, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that operates a wildlife rehabilitation center in northwest Ohio. Its primary mission is to rehabilitate and ultimately release into their natural habitat, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife. BACK TO THE WILD® presents educational programs to schools, youth groups, and community organizations.
For further information, contact Mona Rutger at 419-684-9539 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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