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NORTHWOODS WILDLIFE HOSPITAL AND REHABILITATION CENTER INC

A better future for wildlife and us all.

aka Northwoods Wildlife Center   |   Minocqua, WI   |  www.northwoodswildlifecenter.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide a better future for wildlife through rehabilitation, environmental education and research.

We have been dedicated to putting Life back into Wildlife since 1979.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Bryon E Black

Main address

8683 S Blumenstein Rd

Minocqua, WI 54548 USA

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EIN

39-1323508

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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Our programs

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Wildlife Rehabilitation

Our facility is permited by the USFWS and the WI-DNR to rehabilitate wildlife in need: orphaned, injured or sick. We have 2 licensed wildlife rehabilitators to help with the rescue, treatment and release of wildlife.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Northwoods Wildlife Center provides onsite as well as offsite environmental education programs on a variety of topics

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) 2013

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council 2013

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Develop successful rehabilitation protocols for all wildlife species in the Northern Wisconsin.
Expand our research program to focus on improving rehabilitation protocols and also to monitor wildlife disease and man-made conflicts throughout the Northwoods.
Expand the Interactive Television ITV (aka distance learning) program to reach students in smaller school districts with fewer resources and reach every school-aged child in Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln and Langlade Counties to educate them about the wildlife with which we share the Northwoods.
Expand our adult outreach programs given to community groups or organizations to demonstrate how individuals can help protect animals from harm and avoiding injury or illness.
Reduce injury to wildlife as a result of fishing and hunting activities by encouraging the use of non-lead fishing and hunting gear.
Improve housing of our resident animal collection to provide more behavioral enrichment and convey an enviromental message about each species focusing on the ecology of the species in the wild.

1. Rehabilitation techniques - We will test rehabilitation protocols by implementing more data analysis & monitoring survivorship after release. The latter will be achieved by partnering with local universities & graduate students studying wildlife ecology and monitoring wild populations in the area.
2. Research – We have partnered with Wildlife Data Integration Network (WDIN) to develop a new Citizen Scientist Research & Monitoring Program: The Wildlife Health Event Reporter (WHER) for the Northwoods. WHER is a “web-based application created to record wildlife observations by citizens concerned with dead or sick wildlife”. These observations will help us monitor the extent of Salmonella or other diseases and also help us focus our educational programs to better inform the public about effective ways to prevent diseases & also how one can help an animal in need.
3. Educational outreach in the Northwoods has declined over the years due to limited resources available to teachers. By expanding the ITV programs we offer & the number of times the programs are available, we will be able to reach a large percentage of students throughout the entire Northwoods region.
4. Education is a lifelong process & adult outreach will be expanded in several ways:
a. The NWC is committed to providing more volunteer opportunities for residents of the Northwoods. They can work at the center to assist with the care of our resident animal collection, help care for the animals admitted for rehabilitation, conduct educational programs on or off site, respond to animal-related calls & help educate people about wildlife in need.
b. We are expanding the adult outreach programs to offer more classes geared for adults. In the fall of 2013 the NWC will be offering classes through the Nicolet College Adult Educational Program & we will continue to add programs upon request or based on the need.
c. Now that we have 3 professional educators on staff, 2 Full-time educators & our new executive Director, we can expand the programs offered to community organizations & groups throughout the Northwoods.
5. We will continue to develop targeted messages about the impacts of sporting activities on wildlife in particular lead. Our outreach efforts will inform people about the effect of lead on our waterbirds. We will also provide them with alternative non-lead fishing gear. Through cooperative & supportive planning & projects, we can ensure healthy populations of sports fish & game as well as non-game wildlife that also call the Northwoods home.
6. Our resident animal ambassadors educate approximately 30,000 people each year. These animals came to the NWC due to an injury that prevented their release back to the wild. We are committed to providing housing that is safe & enriching allowing for natural behaviors, access to natural light & fresh air. In addition each enclosure will be naturalistically designed to convey a message about the ecology of each species.

Managing wildlife in captivity.
Rehabilitating all wildlife species found in northern Wisconsin.
Conduct research on wildlife disease, medical treatment, behavior, population dynamics and educational messaging.
Prepare and present programs on numerous wildlife, environmental and conservation topics.
Managing funds efficiently to provide the greatest impact with every dollar donated.
Writing and publishing articles on a wide range of wildlife topics.

Wildlife Rehabilitation requires long-term commitment of time and resources. It is a profession that requires patience. Progress comes through experience and learning on the job. At the onset we will not have all of the information needed to be successful. Through diligence in monitoring and data collection, improved data analysis and review, we can continue to improve on our techniques and assure higher probabilities of success.
For us progress can be measured in terms of skills obtained by the staff to take on more work while continuing to successfully treat more species for various ailments. A true measure of our ability is to be prepared for whatever animal is in need or for any situation in which we find ourselves.
Progress will be accomplished by creating an environment of learning, openness and transparency and encourages candid discussion and review, and cooperative planning for the future.

Financials

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NORTHWOODS WILDLIFE HOSPITAL AND REHABILITATION CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Gabert

Geri Miller

Jan Santarius

Huntington Bank

Vickie Abraham

Colleen Skjerven

Animal Splash

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes