WRT is the proud recipient of the Conservationists of the Year Award from the Nebraska Wildlife Federation.
Thank you to those who were able to attend the banquet! On October 14, 2014 WRT was recognized at the Nebraska Wildlife Federation's annual banquet. It was held at Mahoney State Park in Ashland, NE. It was a wonderful time and we were able to meet Collin O'Mara, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Wildlife Federation. He was the guest speaker for the event.
Left to right: Vikki Henry is holding the microphone and Collin O'Mara is behind her. Cindi Arthur, Nancy Schuster, Shelly Bruntz, Joy Kokes and Mary Beth Lienemann.
Thank you to Walter for taking photos for us that night!
RECENT RESCUE STORY - On October
21st, WRT received a phone call from Karen in Waverly, Nebraska,
about a red fox that hobbled across the street because both front legs were
injured. The fox was in the ditch near
the Waverly High School.
contacting WRT, our member Michele Kelley, went to Waverly and was able to
capture the fox with the help of several concerned citizens that were in the
area at the time. The fox was a young, healthy, beautiful male with two broken
The fox was
taken to Dr. Mark Falloon at Pitts Veterinary Hospital in Lincoln. Dr. Falloon said it appears to have gotten
both front legs caught in a trap. How it
got loose, we will never know. Dr. Falloon and Dr. Terry Pitts spent over three hours pinning and
repairing the front legs of the fox. It
is expected to do well if we can keep the infection out of the wounds and keep
it from chewing at the pins in its bones. Even with the generous discount from
Pitts Veterinary Hospital, the medical bills and rehab are costly.
So far, the
fox is doing well, and it will take 5-6 weeks in captivity to heal and have the
pins removed. If you would like to make a donation to help pay for the
surgeries on both legs and the food during rehab, please send your donations to
Thank you to
Michele and her husband Pat and to Karen in Waverly for helping with the fox!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE 2014-2015 YEAR!
Elections were held at the September meeting. The results are: President - Cindi Arthur Vice President - Heather Wilkes Treasurer - Mary Beth Lienemann Recording & Corresponding Secretary - Vikki Henry
Board Members Shelly Bruntz Dale Malcolm Sherri Pendergras Kelly Richter Nancy Schuster
Thank you to all of you who ran for office, who voted either in person or via absentee ballot and a big thank you to all officers and Board members willing to serve WRT!
Thank you to the Zoology Club at the Columbus Middle School! WRT recently did a presentation to the Club. Thanks for your time and the invitation to speak to you about what we do!
Did you see the article in the Lincoln Journal Star? http://journalstar.com/sports/local/outdoors/wildlife-rescue-team-ready-to-help-animals/article_dfd0a417-05e1-5ba4-b05a-a13ba160e221.html
We are very happy that we were able to put in an article about what WRT does for wildlife and to tell the story about the fox! Thank you to LJS and Marjorie for that opportunity!
What is Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. ?
Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer-based organization dedicated to the raising and rehabilitating of orphaned and injured wildlife from the state of Nebraska, with the goal being to release them back into the wild.
Our volunteers are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, including all holidays. The Hotline Number is a 24 hour answering service available for after hours, to take messages. There are some volunteers that are available for after-hours care, depending on the type of animal. Please call the Hotline if you have questions about a wild animal, need assistance with an injured or orphaned animal or you would like more information on becoming a member of WRT!
During the spring and summer months our volunteers are very busy with animal care. If there is any way you can transport the animal to a WRT member, it would be very helpful and much appreciated. The on-call person can direct you to the closest WRT volunteer available based on your location.
If you have any questions or concerns about injured or orphaned wildlife, please call the Hotline at (402) 473-1951.
Working under state and federal permits, Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. is a non-profit, independent, all volunteer-based organization dedicated to raising and rehabilitating Nebraska's orphaned and injured wildlife for the eventual release back into their natural habitat. Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. operates with no federal, state or city funding, but depends totally upon private contributions, membership fees and donations of supplies and services. No salaries are paid to any member of WRT.
Or, send your donations to: WRT P.O. Box 80127 Lincoln, Ne 68501