Blog Archive December 2008

Anyone See the Ark?? Revisited

Posted on 27 December 2008 by Dawn Keller

For the second time since September we evacuated animals from outside caging at our newest location in Itasca. This flooding isn't nearly as bad as September in terms of depth; however, it presents some real issues in terms of reoccupancy.

September's waters were mid-chest deep in some locations and a good 2-1/2 plus feet deep everywhere's deepest waters (thus far) are knee deep. The challenge with today's flooding is related to the cold. With frozen grounds and temperatures plunging into the 20's tonight, how long will it take the water to recede and will we be surrounded by a skating rink?

We've moved animals from outside caging to temporary caging inside the building. Accessing the building via waders with possible ice tomorrow will be interesting - to say the least.

Tomorrow some animals will be relocated to our Barrington location (critical care has already been moved to Barrington). For now, all other animal care will continue in Itasca. We'll decide if additional animals need to be relocated from Itasca once we see what happens with the water / ice.

I'm sure we'll incur additional structural damage over and above what we incurred in September. We will also need another lengthy clean-up and sanitation, which may not be able to occur until Spring since winter weather isn't conducive to using power washers and hoses!

Sorry - no photos today. Perhaps we'll take some tomorrow.

As in September, all animals are safe.


Chickens and ducks, too

Posted on 18 December 2008 by Dawn Keller

Yesterday's Chicago Journal article "Chickens and ducks, too" featured Red Door Animal Shelter, located on Chicago's north side. Red Door Animal Shelter is an important domestic animal rescue in the Chicago area as it helps species that aren't accepted by many other area rescue groups. Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation frequently refers callers to Red Door Animal Shelter for chickens, domestic ducks and domestic rabbits. We've even brought a domestic rabbit to Red Door, which they graciously accepted.

Red Door Animal Shelter is currently selling wreaths and cookbooks to raise money for veterinary and other animal care. If you're decorating for the holidays or buying a gift for that person who loves to cook, please consider contacting Red Door at 773/764-2242.

A Video Message from our Founder

Posted on 15 December 2008 by Dawn Keller

To make a donation online you can use either the PayPal or Firstgiving links on the right or you can mail in a donation to:

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation
117 S Cook St #145
Barrington, Illinois 60010

Thanks for your support.

Happy Holidays!!!

Come see us at Polar Adventure Days - Dec 13

Posted on 11 December 2008 by Dawn Keller

Come visit with us this coming Saturday at Northerly Island from Noon to 4 pm. We will be participating in the Chicago Park Districts Polar Adventure Days. You will be able to meet some of our Educational Birds of Prey.

The program is admission free.

Polar Adventure Days offer families the opportunity to explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, watch ice sculpture carvings, and create nature-inspired crafts.

The following features and activities will be available at Polar Adventure Days:

  • The first 500 visitors receive a complimentary Polar Adventure Day mug filled with hot chocolate. Limit one per person.
  • Nadeau’s Ice Sculpture carves magical creations on site.
  •  Various live animals will be on site to discover including our birds of prey.
  • An arctic camping demo by Northwest Passage.
  • Siberian huskies will be present and adventurers will talk about their Iditarod dog sled race experiences.
  • Live entertainment including winter storytelling.
  • Arts and craft tables for making nature-inspired creations.
  • Free snowshoe rental for exploration of the island (if there is snow).
  • REI will discuss winter activities.

This the first of 3 dates for Polar Adventure Days, Saturdays, Dec. 13, Jan. 17 and Feb. 21, at Northerly Island, 1400 S. Lynn White Dr., on the Museum Campus.

Help Flint Creek Wildlife Save Lives

Posted on 11 December 2008 by phil

It's hard to believe that Flint Creek Wildlife has been operating for almost 5 years. In that time, we accomplished much - yet there is so much more work ahead and so many more animals that need our help!

We are the largest privately funded wildlife rehabilitation center in the Chicago area with locations in Barrington, Chicago and Itasca. By 2008 year-end, we will have treated over 8,600 animals and expect to treat more than 3,000 animals next year alone. Our dedicated volunteers allow us to operate on an extremely lean budget; nonetheless, the costs of medical care, food and housing are high. We need to raise $125,000 annually to support our current level of operations.

In addition to treating injured and orphaned wildlife, we have a group of committed volunteers that go out each morning during migration to rescue birds that have collided with windows. Those birds are transported to our downtown Northerly Island bird hospital for treatment. Being able to efficiently and adeptly triage birds for these time-sensitive injuries resulted in an astounding 90% survival rate in 2007

We also have an amazing group of 19 non-releasable birds of prey that help us teach about the perils faced by wildlife while instilling respect for these magnificent creatures. We intend to expand our educational outreach in 2009.

In the end, the animals that depend on us are the best expression of the importance of our work. Take Old Red, for example, a non-releasable Red-tailed Hawk who almost lost her home of 16 years due to budget cuts, but was able to remain home because Flint Creek Wildlife privatized the program by partnering with the Village of Itasca. Or look at our blog story Love of a Lifetime about a Red-tailed Hawk that almost died from blood loss, but whose will to live ultimately resulted not only in his survival but also in being reunited with his mate.

Our work is dependent on your support. No amount you give is too small.

We thank you, our volunteers thank you, and the animals thank you.

To help please visit our Annual Fundraising Campaign Page at:

You can visit my personal page at:
or Dawn's personal page at

or use the links on the right side of this page to make a donation via pay pal.

Thanks for spending time with us on this blog.

We wish you and your families and all the animals a very Happy and Joyous Holiday!


Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is a state and federally licensed facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning fully rehabilitated wildlife to its natural habitat. Flint Creek promotes respect for wildlife and wildlife habitats through public education programs. Flint Creek also supports efforts to repopulate endangered and threatened wildlife species.

Flint Creek Wildlife currently operates its main facility from a property along Flint Creek in the greater Barrington, Illinois area. Flint Creek is seeking a larger property that will support its longer term growth.
Flint Creek Wildlife has satellite facilities in downtown Chicago at Northerly Island (formerly Meigs Field) and in Itasca at the Spring Brook Nature Center.

Flint Creek Wildlife maintains educational birds of prey on public display at its Itasca location.

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Flint Creek Wildlife does not receive government funding and is entirely dependent on public donations. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed under law.

Northerly Island Bird Hospital on WTTW’s “Chicago’s Lakefront” Documentary

Posted on 1 December 2008 by Dawn Keller

Channel 11 WTTW in Chicago is airing a documenatry tonight at 7:30pm called Chicago's Lakefront. Covering the history of Chicago's magnificent 50 miles of shoreline. As part of the documentary they filmed at the Northerly Island Bird Hospital and it is our understanding that we are mentioned in this documentary.

If you miss the premier, it will be rebroadcast tonight at 9:30, Tuesday December 9th at 7:30, and Sunday December 14 at 12:30pm and 7:00 pm. WTTW-DT will be running it contuinously from 5:00am until 5:00pm on Thursday December 4th.