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A HEALING PLACE FOR CREATURES
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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.

Our Vision

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 2022

1. Outdoor Squirrel Enclosure

2. Rebuilding our Fawn Barn with two more stalls for older and injured fawns

3. Providing electricity to All Outdoor Enclosures

4.Benches and Chairs for Outdoor Viewing

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
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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

This year has been a time of overflowing abundance and change. In the early fall my husband John suffered a stroke and we moved into our smaller house that the Nook had been using for young fawns and fox kits. All of the wildlife at the Nook will now be cared for in our larger house and we will continue to spend the winter months moving supplies and creating a central healing center for all of the creatures.

After receiving a record number of baby squirrels this year our 2022 goal will be to build a large outdoor squirrel enclosure. This enclosure will provide an important step in strengthening young squirrels climbing skills before they are released, and also provide a much needed home for over-wintering young squirrels that are not ready to be released in the fall.

This year we also became the primary rehabilitation center for song birds in the surrounding 8 counties, with over six hundred songbirds raised and released here. Thanks to a generous donation through the Capital Area Community Foundation and the kind and hardworking builder Tod Gibson, our beautiful outdoor aviary was finally completed in November. In the spring of 2022 after landscaping both the inside and outside of the aviary we will move our first group of birds into their new home.

Despite the hardships of the past year I have much to be thankful for. As we modify and simplify the indoor wildlife rooms we will begin to create a larger healing sanctuary for wildlife outdoors. In addition to our daily care, these creatures can benefit from the peace and healing energy of nature. This year has shown me the importance of balancing my love for my husband, family and friends with wildlife and nature, as well as my long time love of horses and teaching.

May the coming Year bring both healing and peace to our beloved Earth, the wildlife around us, and to all the people of the World. Thank you all, for helping me make a difference in this world through both your support and your donations.

Blessings and Gratitude,

Cheryl Connell-Marsh

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