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BACK TO THE WILD®
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION &
NATURE EDUCATION CENTER
4504 Bardshar Road
CASTALIA, OH 44824
419-684-9539
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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?
Click to get RESCUE INFORMATION

Snowy Owl entangled in fishing lure

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®.

Snowy Owl released after rehabilitation

BENEFIT ANNOUNCEMENT

On Sunday, August 10, the Cleveland Photographic Society will host a gathering to benefit the BACK TO THE WILD Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Castalia, Ohio. The event will be held at Tripps Bar and Grill, located at 1100 Royalton Road in Broadview Heights (in the shopping Center at the corner of Broadview and Royalton Roads).

Tickets are available now! Your ticket price includes the following:

  • Food: boneless wings, pizza, rigatoni and salad
  • Drinks: house wine, well drinks, domestic drafts, pop and coffee

Please consult the CPS website for more detailed information.


Recent Media Articles about Back To The Wild


Read an explanation from the center's director.

Read other media articles about Back To The Wild.

Toledo ABC Channel 13

Toledo ABC Channel 13 March 11, 2014 news item about financial crisis at the center

 

Two Snowy Owls at Back To The Wild

Back to the Wild center in deadly financial crisis
Port Clinton News Herald March 10, 2014 Article


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?

We need your help . . .

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Donating via PayPal is simple and safe.

Click on the injured owl to make a donation via PayPal. Please note that a PayPal account is not required to make a safe and secure donation with a credit card. (Look for this option in the lower left column of the PayPal page.)

Recurring donations to Back To The Wild are now possible.

See how simple it can be to create a monthly donation via PayPal. You maintain control to change or rescind such a donation.

 
 

Some Recent Fundraisers
for Back To The Wild

Chipotle raised over $2,200 recently!
Bride's World raised over $250 for the center.
We haven't received the results from Dairy Queen yet.

Billy Smith of Nashville, TN (formerly of Sandusky) had a 50th birthday party at the Yacht Club Friday night. No one could attend without donating to Back To The Wild before they went through the door. This was done in honor and memory of his mother, Jean Smith, who was a wonderful, staunch supporter of Back To The Wild for years and years. He did this 10 years ago for his 40th and raised over $7,000 for the center. This time he raised over $5,500!


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.


EXAMPLE OF HUMAN EFFECTS ON WILDLIFE
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN

Out in the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from a continent, wildlife is suffering due to human-caused pollution. This short VIDEO is extremely graphic about a sad, deplorable, and unacceptable effect of pollution caused by humans. At Back To The Wild, we feel people have to be made aware of it for anything positive to happen. We need to accept that it is our responsibility to do something to prevent this from happening. It is outright massacre of wildlife, with very little being done to stop it.

If you want to help spread the awareness of this problem, send this web address to friends:
http://www.upworthy.com/people-should-know-about-this-awful-thing-we-do-and-most-of-us-are-simply-unaware
or this abbreviated address:
http://tinyurl.com/WildlifeMidway


BACK TO THE WILD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS SCHEDULE

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Find out when and where you can see Back To The Wild's live wildlife educational programs in 2014! The center's staff present educational programs throughout the year at the center and at various off-site locations throughout Ohio.

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NEWS ITEMS

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?


GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Search the web with GoodSearch.com and each time you do a search, GoodSearch will donate about a penny to Back To The Wild.

Shop online at GoodShop.com and a percentage of each purchase will be donated to Back To The Wild. More than 600 top stores are participating including Amazon, Target, Staples, Best Buy and more!


DONATING AN AUTOMOBILE CAN BE BENEFICIAL TO WILDLIFE REHABILITATION!
 
Click to find out how your donation can help Back To The Wild.



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TOUR OUR CENTER AND OPERATIONS

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Back To The Wild center

Education Center
& Clinic

 

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Field Trip
Overview

Educational Program Schedule

 

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Tour Info for
families and
small groups

 

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Kids Who Care!

 

how can people help?

How can
I help?

Memorials, wildlife adoption, etc.

 

releasing recovered animals

Releases -
Wild Again!

 

cages for program animals

Raptor Exhibit
Enclosures

 

cages for raptors

Eagle Flight Cage

(115' X 16'
X 18' high)

 

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Eagle flight
enclosure videos

 

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Bald Eagles

 

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Meet our
Permanent
Residents

 

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Volunteers -
in Action!

 

wildlife patients

Wildlife Patients
 

 

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Spring Babies

 

Photo from an Open House.

Annual
Open House

 

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Internet -
Greetings Cards

 

Media articles about Back To The Wild

Media Articles

 

Pledge Walkway

Pledge Walkway

 

Adopt a rescued animal

Adopt a
rescued animal

 

West Nile impact

West Nile
Virus Impact

 

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How many birds?
How many miles?
How many . . . ?

 

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Volunteers?
Interns?
What do they do?

PLEASE HELP US BY DONATING.

 

injured animals

Animal Injuries

 



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 mona@backtothewild.com.

IMPORTANT! If you need advice about an injured animal, PLEASE TELEPHONE the center at 419-684-9539. Do NOT send an e-mail for injured animal advice for this may delay care for a day or more.

Contact Information
Mailing address:
BACK TO THE WILD, P. O. Box 423, Castalia OH 44824
Telephone: 419-684-9539
e-mail: mona@backtothewild.com Do not use e-mail about an injured animal! Use the TELEPHONE and call! An e-mail can go unread for 20 hours while the staff is busy caring for animals.

BACK TO THE WILD (R), P. O. Box 423, Castalia OH 44824, Ph: 419-684-9539

Artwork courtesy of Bill Kuhlman.



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COMMENTS

We would like to hear from you after you have visited our web site. Do you have some comments, either positive or negative? If so, we would like to hear them! We are trying to improve the material for the benefit of the users, so any feedback from you will be helpful. Send your comments to: mona@backtothewild.com .

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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 that you think needs assistance, please telephone BACK TO THE WILD® at 419-684-9539. Do not use e-mail about an injured animal! Use the TELEPHONE and call! An e-mail can go unread for 20 hours while the staff is busy caring for animals.



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 mona@backtothewild.com.



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