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Babies Gone WILD!

April 29 ~ Hopkins Park

Watch for details soon! 







The fourth annual 24-hour online giving day sponsored by The DeKalb County Community Foundation will be held on Tuesday, May 2.  Start saving your pennies!

Last year, Oaken Acres was again the charity to raise the most money out of over 50 participating organizations.
The first year, Oaken Acres finished in first place, raising over $25,000 for our eagle flight cage. See photo below.  Let's go for FIRST again this year. Watch this space and mark May 2 on your calendars. EVERY DOLLAR MATTERS!


Go to this link (or type in your browser), click on LEADERBOARD on the top menu and then choose  Oaken Acres from the list of participating charities. 




Each of these animals has been helped by Oaken Acres recently. They come to us with broken legs (squirrel above is recovering from anesthesia after Prairie View Animal Hospital splinted the compound fracture above the elbow - OUCH!), severe head trauma (usually hit by cars - 4 ounces collides with tons of steel!) or being caught in a trap. We try to save every animal brought to us and your help on May 3 helps us, help them. Follow us on Tuesday, May 3, all day long on Facebook beginning at 12:01 a.m. until 12:00 pm that night and help us take first place in this online giving day. Our work continues because of YOU!!!


Celebrating Vinnie the Vulture’s 25th Birthday


Twenty-five years ago a nestling turkey vulture was brought to Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in Sycamore, IL. This baby bird had been found by some uninformed people and rescued when he didn’t need to be. Vinnie has been living at Oaken Acres for the past 25 years and he’s the Guest of Honor at our 3rd Annual Babies Gone WILD! Fundraiser.

Vinnie has met thousands of DeKalb County residents through educational programs and he’ll be joined by the other Oaken Acres Education Ambassador birds of prey at this event.

Babies Gone WILD! will be held on Saturday, April 16, starting at 6 pm at the Regale Center in Sycamore. TAXCO Restaurant is catering the event and there’ll be a special birthday cake for Vinnie. Silent auction items include sports tickets, Caribbean cruise, Branson trip, Amazon ECHO, UP3 Fitness bracelet, beer making kit, Florida beach trip, Star Wars video collection, jewelry and more.

Babies Gone WILD! Is Oaken Acres largest fundraiser of the year and this event raises money for our summer baby season when we admit almost 500 injured and orphaned wild animals each year.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.oakenacres.org, email sedona@oakenacres.org or call 815.895.9666. Early bird ticket price is $30. After April 10 the cost goes up to $35 so get your tickets early and be there to watch Vinnie blow out his birthday candles!


It's over but we had a great time and here's a photo of Vinnie with his birthday cake.


Is it time to think about spring wild babies? It's also time to celebrate the 25th birthday of our MOST FAMOUS, MOST HANDSOME educational ammbassador ...........VINNIE THE VULTURE! Watch for Vinne's story coming up and SAVE THE DATE on your calendar. 


Oaken Acres Wildlife Center Will Need Volunteers 

Working with orphaned wildlife takes a special person. And Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in rural Sycamore is looking for some of those special people for the 2016 “baby season.”
Baby season at Oaken Acres means the time between May 1 and August 1 when it receives about 85% of all the animals it cares for each year. This busy time is when most of the wild babies are born and sometimes orphaned due to mothers being hit by cars or trapped in homes and not reunited with their babies, nests disturbed by storms, pets and children, and numerous other tragedies that befall them.
Most volunteers will have hands-on opportunities that include feeding, cleaning, and food preparation. Non-animal opportunities, such as reception and phone answering, will also be available to handle hundreds of phone calls that Oaken Acres receives each season about orphans and nuisance wild animals.
By law, anyone working with wildlife must be at least 18 years of age. This is not for the faint of heart. Some animals come in badly injured and some animals must be euthanized due to the extent of their injuries or the type of disease they have contracted. But nearly two-thirds of the wild animals received at Oaken Acres will be successfully released, most before September.
If you are interested in being considered for a volunteer position, email info@oakenacres.org  with your name, phone number, email address and your area of interest – mammal babies, songbirds, office, construction and landscaping, or fundraising.  If you want to know more about Oaken Acres, please continue to explore our website – www.oakenacres.org – and get acquainted.


Looking forward to SPRING 2016

Spring Babies at Oaken Acres Wildlife Center

It’s that time again when baby wild animals and people come into contact with one another. From owlets and squirrels in early spring, followed by raccoons, opossums, waterfowl and songbirds, the transition from winter to summer brings the busiest season for wildlife and for Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in rural Sycamore, Illinois.
First, unless an animal is obviously injured or orphaned, leave it alone until you get advice from a wildlife professional. There is a page on the Oaken Acres website that details what to do when you find a wild animal that may be in need of help.
Second, be certain it needs to rescued BEFORE picking it up. While most wild mothers do accept their babies back after being touched by people, it’s always better for them to stay in the wild if at all possible. An Oaken Acres staff member can advise you on the proper method of capture and transportation IF the animal needs to be rescued.
Third, until our baby season is in full swing, an appointment is necessary for bringing us an animal. After May 1, Oaken Acres will accept injured or orphaned wildlife from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fourth, please keep your cat(s) indoors especially during the spring when wild babies are most vulnerable. The most recent reputable study of cat predation on wildlife paints a bleak and cruel picture of the outcome for millions of wild animals – mostly babies – that are attacked by owned cats. The injuries are usually too severe for the wild babies to survive and they suffer terribly at the paws of roaming cats.
Fifth, if you have a problem with a nuisance wild animal – raccoon or squirrel nesting in your attic, foxes or coyotes being more visible during the warmer months, birds building nests in house vents or soffits – call Oaken Acres for a humane solution to these problems. Almost all nuisance wildlife agencies kill any animals they has been hired to remove. Methods that are legal for “dispatching” these animals include clubbing, drowning and suffocating. Most people, once they are made aware of this, will not resort to lethal methods. While humane methods may take a bit longer and require some accommodations, they’re usually almost no cost to the homeowner and they keep wild families together without the need for any of them to die.
Lastly, do not attempt to raise a wild orphan on your own. First, it’s illegal for anyone to possess a wild animal without the proper permits from state and/or federal agencies. Most importantly, wild animals are not like domestic pets. Each species needs specific care and most people are not equipped or able to provide the proper care to keep them alive, let alone raise them to be successfully released into the wild. This is not a good experience for your children since, if you try to do this, it will usually end with your children in tears when the tiny baby dies due to improper care. Oaken Acres has been raising orphaned wildlife for almost 30 years and releases most of its patients back to the wild where they belong.
To learn more about wildlife and Oaken Acres, please visit our website – www.oakenacres.org – and get acquainted. Make sure to click on the “I’ve found a baby animal” at the bottom of the page. If you need to bring us a wild animal, please call 815.895.9666.
Donating to Oaken Acres is easy. On our website, just click on the “DONATE” button or a check can be mailed to Oaken Acres at 12140 Aldrich Road, Sycamore, IL, 60178.



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