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BACK TO THE WILD CENTER NEWS AND ACTIVITIES
There are many activities that happen at the Back To The Wild center. Unusual visitors stop by, unusual animals are brought in, and other surprising events occur. This page includes some of the notable events over the last several years.
Clyde (Ohio) Science Club raises money to help bobcat
The Clyde News Messenger newspaper published an article about the Clyde High School on February 4, 2013.
For the last 10 years, the Clyde High School Science Club has sponsored a bobcat at Back to the Wild, a wildlife rehabilitation and nature education center in Castalia. In that time, the club has raised and donated more than $5,000 for the bobcat’s care.
Donations like that are vital to the center, which receives no government money All of its operating expenses come from donations, and those have dwindled considerably in the current economy.
See you later, alligator!
In late-October 2011, the Back To The Wild staff was requested to assist wildlife officers and Sandusky police to safely capture and care for an alligator! From an apartment in Sandusky!
THIS IS OUR 20TH YEAR OF WILDLIFE REHABILITATION!
FOLLOW US ON OUR JOURNEY WE'VE TAKEN THROUGH 20 YEARS!
Click to read our END-OF-YEAR NEWSLETTER AND MORE ...
Do you sometimes wonder what goes on "behind the scenes" at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center? Take a look at a typical day at BACK TO THE WILD.
Click here to read our DID YOU KNOW? fact sheet about Ohio's Bald Eagles and find out how you can sponsor a Bald Eagle patient at our center. Read about our "wildlife patients" who stream in daily and what it takes financially to operate a center like BACK TO THE WILD, that cares for over 2,500 animals each year!
If you are in a position to help, please contact Mona, either by e-mail or by mailing a tax-deductible contribution directly to the center. Mailing address:
BACK TO THE WILD, P. O. Box 423, Castalia OH 44824
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner visits Back To The Wild
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner talks
with Mona Rutger during a visit to Back To The Wild.
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner visited "Back To the Wild," a wildlife rehabilitation and nature education center in Castalia, Ohio. Secretary Brunner was so moved by the center's dedication to preserving native Ohio wildlife that she wanted to share her experience with all Ohioans, showcasing how diverse and unique Ohio truly is.
DISCLAIMER: The videos following this YouTube video are not sponsored
by the Secretary of State's office nor by Back To The Wild.
Visitors from the Ohio Secretary of State's office and Back To The Wild staff pause outside the Education Center. From left to right, Heather Yount, Mona Rutger, Jennifer Brunner (Secretary of State), Ruth Rankin, Mike Rankin (Asst. Secretary of State), Rick Brunner, and Julie Ladd.
An opportunity to meet Governor Strickland at the Governor's Mansion!
Mona and Bill Rutger meet
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (right)
On December 23, 2009, Mona and Bill Rutger attended an appreciation reception at the Governor's Mansion in Bexley, Ohio. The gathering recognized Ohioans who have been involved in many different capacities in conservation efforts. Mona and Bill were invited by the Division of Wildlife Chief, Dave Graham, and Wildlife Supervisor, John Daugherty, to thank them for their work in wildlife rehabilitation and education. Mona and Bill felt very honored to be able to represent wildlife rehabilitators throughout the State.
NEWS FLASH! Huron Eagle's Aerie 2875 Continues to Support Back To The Wild
The Huron Eagle's Aerie #2875 deserves recognition for their continued support of Back To The Wild. On December 20th, they presented Mona with a check for $5,000.00 that they obtained from their Education Fund! Each year, they donate generously to Back To The Wild through their charity gambling funds.
Representatives of Huron Eagle's Aerie 2875
present a $5,000 check to Mona
There is a constant need for contributions and public support. Donations of materials, services, and money are gladly received and put to good use. Donations may be made on-line to Back To The Wild via a safe and secure transaction with PayPal.
If you want to help directly, call 419-684-9539 or write to:
BACK TO THE WILD!
c/o Mona Rutger, Director
4504 Bardshar Road
P. O. Box 423
Castalia, OH 44824
BACK TO THE WILD receives no regular income to depend on for monthly operating costs. We depend entirely on the generosity and support of caring individuals and organizations in the community. Please consider supporting our efforts to rehabilitate wildlife and educate children and adults of the need to preserve and protect our natural world. Your help will be most appreciated and will allow BACK TO THE WILD to continue to exist!
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OPEN HOUSE, JULY 11, 2010
If you were unable to attend the open house on July 11, check this PHOTO PAGE for an overview of the activities. This was the open house DESCRIPTION.
There was excellent attendance, tours of the center, a garage sale, and educational activities. To top all that, two Red Tail Hawks were released after their rehabilitation.
Please take a VIRTUAL TOUR of our facilities and services to see what we are doing to help injured wildlife and to educate people about our natural world.
Learn how you can help us help wildlife and continue our mission!
Ian Adams - photographer and author
Renowned photographer and author Ian Adams is a supporter of Back To The Wild. His Environmental Photography website offers his photographic work in many published books. The photograph (left) is one of Ian's showing the spectacular display of large-flowered and drooping trillium found each spring in the 18 acre woodlot at Back To The Wild.
Back To The Wild YouTube Channel
Please consider being a part of our
"PLEDGE FOR WILDLIFE" Walkway
We greatly appreciate your financial support and are proud to acknowledge your generosity by inscribing your name or the name of a loved one on a walkway paver. These walkways are both handicap accessible.
Become a real part of Back To The Wild.
Read more about this great opportunity.
On November 1st, 2006,
Mona Rutger, director of BACK TO THE WILD®, was announced
ANIMAL PLANET'S "HERO OF THE YEAR" WINNER FOR 2006!
Read more about this special honor.
Leave No Child Inside Northwest Ohio
The Leave No Child Inside Northwest Ohio coalition was recently created to encourage residents in our communities to get outdoors. Spending time enjoying our natural world has been proven beneficial in reducing stress, improving health, reinforcing learning and decreasing obesity.
Check the center's outreach schedule for 2011.
BACK TO THE WILD wildlife rehabilitation center in Castalia, Ohio.
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This was last modified on February 7, 2013.