Willowbrook Wildlife Center Welcomes Donations During Busy Spring Season

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Willowbrook Wildlife Center Welcomes Donations During Busy Spring Season

Items needed to care for influx of wildlife babies

(March 26, 2019) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn is seeking donations of supplies, food and gift cards to accommodate the influx of wildlife babies it cares for during the busy spring breeding season.

A complete list of needed items is on the District’s website and Willowbrook page. Donors can drop off items at the center or donate them through Willowbrook’s Amazon Wish List. The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County also has a number of ways to donate to Willowbrook, including adopting an animal and buying a commemorative brick. Donations are tax deductible.

“The center treats more than 9,000 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians every year,” said Willowbrook site manager Sandy Fejt. “We are the only publicly funded wildlife rehabilitation facility in DuPage County and one of the few in northeastern Illinois equipped to treat native and migratory birds.”

In 2018, Willowbrook treated more than 3,000 orphaned spring babies. The average cost to raise an orphaned songbird or mammal to its release ranges from $150 to $300. At $350, insect-eating songbirds are one of the most expensive spring babies to raise.

Willowbrook provides care and medical treatment to injured and orphaned native wildlife and also serves as a resource for DuPage residents who want to learn how to live more harmoniously with wildlife. Its visitor center and outdoor exhibit trail are home to turtles, songbirds, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, owls, red foxes, groundhogs, raccoons, opossums and other animals with permanent disabilities.

In addition to caring for wildlife, the center welcomes more than 120,000 annual visitors who enjoy self-guided tours of its exhibits, nature trail and butterfly garden and attend nature-based educational programs for children, adults and school groups.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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