Nature Center’s wildlife rehab program fundraiser under way with help of matching donor

The Howell Nature Center (HNC) is launching a “Back to Wildlife School” campaign in which all gifts made until Sept. 26, 2020, will be matched up to $50,000 through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

“We are humbly asking for the support of our community and are excited to announce that every donation made from now until Sept. 26 will be matched by a generous anonymous donor up to $50,000,” said John “JC” Carlson, CEO of the HNC. “Now, more than ever, every dollar counts. Together, with your help, we hope to raise $100,000 to help wildlife in need.”

Because of the tremendous support HNC received from March through July, the spring babies at the center will soon be released into the wild. The staff is now preparing for what it calls “back-to-wildlife school” for arriving animals that are often starving, as they have been unsuccessful at finding enough food, and they haven’t mastered the necessary survival and independence skills without the help of their parents. The staff works to teach these new arrivals basic survival skills, with an emphasis on finding appropriate habitat, social partners, and the resources needed to thrive in the wild.

Donations can be made at howellnaturecenter.org/contact/donate; via mail to Howell Nature Center, 1005 Triangle Lake Road Howell, Mich. 48843; or by calling (517) 546-0249.

“We greatly appreciate all who are willing to help support our wildlife teachers,” said Laura Butler, director of wildlife and education. “With funds generated from this campaign, we will be able to provide the tools and resources for each juvenile to leave our clinic with the educational experience they need to survive in the wild.”

During the campaign, HNC will be sharing clinic updates and animal stories on its Facebook page. Follow them to stay up-to-date on the nature center.

If you have any questions, call (517) 546-0249 or e-mail info@howellnaturecenter.org.

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