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Call of the wild

By Keith Barber

A $1.5 million public fundraising campaign will begin at month’s end for the Wildlife In Need headquarters and education center project.

The non-profit organization is licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Details are emerging on location and size of the project. Designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc., Cedarburg, the 5,900-square-foot building will be constructed on state-owned property off Waterville Road in the town of Ottawa.

The center will relocate operations from its Highway C location in Oconomowoc. General contractor Groskopf Construction Inc., Okauchee, anticipates a mid-May groundbreaking.

Wildlife In Need was established in Waukesha in January of 1994 by Nancy Frank and within a year moved to a farmhouse at its present location on Highway C. The growing organization now needs more space.

The organization provides wildlife rehabilitation with the intent to release creatures back into their native habitats. Research and educational programs are also conducted at the facility. Additional information about the project and the organization can be found on their website at www.helpingwildlife.org.

Additionally, all are invited to the organization’s springtime birding event from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 1 in Oconomowoc. The Wild Bird Festival features various activities including: bird seminars, a bird-watching hike, kids activities, and, of course, a chance to view building plans. Food and beverages will be available, and the festival is free. Donations are welcome. The festival will be held at W349-S148 S. Waterville Road, at the University of Wisconsin Field Station.

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