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2016 Visitor's Guide

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72 www.randomlake.org Lending a hand to help injured and or- phaned wildlife has been the goal of Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center for 36 years. The center is located at W4953 County Rd. H, between Little Kohler and Fillmore. Pine View specializes in birds of prey, rep- tiles and predatory mammals. Injured or orphaned species are referred to Pine View by concerned citizens, law enforcement, the Department of Natural Resources, local humane societies and other agencies. When necessary the center's trained staff will travel to local communities and rescue an injured mammal, bird or reptile. Local veterinarians donate their time to assist in diagnosing and treatment for the wildlife patients. "After admission to the hospital, the pa- tient begins a rehabilitation protocol that is established specifically to the patient," says founder Jean Lord. "Release into their natu- ral habitat is the ultimate goal." She thanks the Fredonia Veterinary Clinic, W3919 Coun- ty Rd. H, Fredonia, for the continual help. The center was founded by Lord and her family in 1981. It is a non-profit organiza- tion staffed by 25 volunteers dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of Wis- consin's wildlife and environment. It also is committed to educating people about co-existing with wildlife and working to- ward a sustainable future for all. She describes how increased urbaniza- tion in southeastern Wisconsin has affected the wildlife populations — and how bird life has changed over the years. Some birds rarely seen in this area have become more common. Other birds have lost their nest- ing areas and moved or disappeared. "We have lost many birds in our area be- cause of what we have done," Lord notes. "It is happening globally and it is happening in Wisconsin. For example, about 150 snowy owls have relocated to Sheboygan, Ozau- kee, Washington and Milwaukee counties. "When I started, spotting an eagle in Random Lake was unheard of," she said. Lord knows of two area eagles that died this year due to lead poisoning. "I know we have lost over 800 loons between here and Minnesota," she adds. There are many cases of animals (espe- cially birds) that are struck by vehicles or would-be pets abandoned by their owners. The Pine View mantra is: "There is no such thing as a pet wild animal." Pine View celebrated its 35th anniversa- ry in 2015. Jean and her late husband Carl were teachers and they both saw a need to care for injured wildlife. Over the years their Town of Fredonia farm property was transformed into a busy wildlife center. Today Pine View is one of four full-time wildlife rehabilitation centers in Wisconsin. It no longer accepts every animal — Pine View specializes in foxes, coyotes, badgers, birds of prey, amphibians and reptiles. The center also is licensed to handle some en- dangered animals. Lord said she has presented many wild- life programs in area schools and libraries. There are four yearly membership catego- ries: $25, $50, $100 (includes a 5x7 photo of current year's educational species) and $250 (includes an 8x10 photo of current year's educational species). All members receive Pine View's quar- terly newsletter, "The Release." Tax deduct- ible donations may be sent to: Pine View Wildlife, W4953 County Rd. H, Fredonia, WI 53021 or call 262/692-9021. Visit the web- site: www.pineviewwrc.org. Jean Lord with a Great Horned Owl PINE VIEW WILDLIFE REHABILITATION Assists Injured, Orphaned Animals

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