A HEALING PLACE FOR CREATURES
GREAT AND SMALL
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Nottingham Nature Nook is a non-profit 501(c)(3) wildlife rehabilitation center in East Lansing, MI. At our center we raise and eventually release wildlife baby animals and birds, as well as caring for injured adult animals and birds that are brought to us from the public thereby providing an invaluable service to the community by filling the gap left by services that concentrate on domestic animals.
After working as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for the past ten years I have come to realize that the wildlife I heal also heal the people that they connect with. I have found that people will go to extraordinary lengths to save a wild creature and bring it safely to me. The connection that exists between all living beings is felt even stronger when an animal or bird is injured or orphaned. If we look at people, wildlife and nature separately we ignore the energy of life that connects us to one another. In order to bring peace and healing to one we must embrace the whole. When we work to save wildlife we ultimately save ourselves.
After working as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for over ten years I have come to realize that the wildlife I heal also heal the people with whom they connect. I have found that people will go to extraordinary lengths to save a wild creature and bring it safely to me. The connection that exists between all living beings is felt even stronger when an animal or bird is injured or orphaned. I believe that when we work to save wildlife we ultimately save ourselves.
My vision for Nottingham Nature Nook is to combine our current rehabilitation home with a natural sanctuary for wildlife, nature and people. Within this sanctuary all of the wildlife that are being rehabilitated, as well as those that cannot be released (due to injuries) will live in natural enclosures located throughout the property. The indoor and outdoor enclosures at the Nook will be constructed and improved to enhance the animal’s ability to develop the skills they will need for survival in the wild. By creating enclosures that closely resemble their natural environments we will be better able to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of these creatures.
As we create a sanctuary with these outdoor enclosures we will also be able to provide a unique opportunity for people to observe these animals in their natural settings. Simply by sitting and watching these creatures, people can feel the peace and healing that comes from being in nature. By creating this sanctuary the connection between people, wildlife and nature will be strengthened and established.
Projects in 2019 & 2020
1. Habitat enrichment projects in our:
- Outdoor Red Fox Enclosure
- New outdoor Grey Fox Enclosure
- Indoor Fox Kit Room
2. Rebuilding our Fawn barn and Stockade fence Enclosure
3. Building Outdoor Enclosure and Release Area for Rabbits
4. Building an Outdoor Aviary for Young Songbirds.
5. Outdoor Squirrel Cage Improvements
6. Benches for Viewing Enclosures
Donations can be ear-marked for one of these specific projects.
In addition to financial donations we also welcome donations of construction material and labor in the construction of these projects. If you would like more details on these projects please feel free to contact Cheryl by email or by phone at (517) 488-7451
Our Mission & Approach
Nottingham Nature Nook is a wildlife rehabilitation center that raises and releases wildlife babies as well as cares for injured adults. We also work to educate the public about the wildlife around them.
A Letter from Cheryl
To All our Friends of Nottingham Nature Nook
I first began my work with wildlife twenty years ago, raising and releasing baby sparrows that had fallen from their nests in my horse barn. Five years later, a student brought me a baby black squirrel that she had found and asked me to save it, and after naming her Princess Peanut I was hooked. Since that time, Nottingham Nature Nook has grown into a haven for wildlife rehabilitation in Clinton, Ingham and the surrounding counties. As a crucial community resource, each year we take in hundreds of animals and birds that need our help. In 2018 we began an internship program with 3 Zoology and Pre-Veterinary students from Michigan State University and Michigan Tech. This year I have enlisted 4 full time interns from the MSU pre-veterinary program. These young women will be a valuable addition to our staff, and I am so excited to welcome their incredible energy to the Nook. In 2017, we began our Kids4Nature program. This year with the help of our new MSU intern we will continue to inspire large groups of children to embrace nature and serve as stewards for wildlife in the future.
Every year both the number and variety of birds and mammals that we care for steadily rise. In 2015, we received our first pair of silver morph red fox kits and in 2016, thanks to the generosity of donors we built a one-acre outdoor enclosure with a large outdoor cage attached. In 2018 we received 7 red fox kits and 1 gray. In order to provide the best possible care for these kits with as little human interaction as possible we rented a space to house them until they were old enough to be moved outside. Last year with the arrival of our gray fox kit Aurora we realized that we would need to build a second outdoor cage for gray foxes. In the spring of 2019 construction will begin on that cage. In 2019, the DNR will once again allow us to raise and release a limited number of injured and abandoned fawns from our surrounding area. In order to properly care for these gentle and beautiful creatures, we will begin major renovations to our existing deer barn and wooden stockade enclosure in the spring of 2019.
What began as a project from my heart has now grown beyond what I ever dreamed it would be. Most of the wildlife babies we take in and care for fill almost every room in our small home. Our surrounding land has become a home to hundreds of animals and birds that we have released over the years. The financial support that I have received over the past years has been overwhelming, and I greatly appreciate all of your donations and support. In order to continue to provide a healing place for the wildlife of our community I need your help to support the growing number of wildlife in need. You can contribute in many ways:
1. Donate here on our website.
2. Donate on our Facebook Page
3. Send donations or stop by to donate in person at 16848 Towar Ave. East Lansing, MI. 48823
May the coming year encourage us all to strengthen and protect the circle of life that exists between Nature, Wildlife and People.
Blessings and Gratitude,