Dane County Humane Society’s (DCHS) Four Lakes Wildlife Center (FLWC) is dedicated to providing responsible care for the ill, injured and orphaned wildlife of south central Wisconsin, and to promoting education and awareness of the crucial role of wildlife in our community.
FLWC, a program of DCHS, was founded in 2002 by David Madden, former animal care director at DCHS, and Patrick Comfert, a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator. In the inaugural season, the fledgling wildlife program received over 200 patients.
After the first summer’s influx of wildlife, the program began recruiting volunteers to help care for the wildlife patients that found their way through the doors daily. Grants and donations helped to make many improvements possible during the second year, and community volunteers pitched in to help build outdoor cages.
With the outpouring of community support and an excited team of volunteers, the wildlife program progressed into its third season. The number of volunteers became large enough to care for a wider variety of animals, and to keep the wildlife center’s doors open from morning to night.
With the support of the community, each year the wildlife program continues to improve the facilities and the level of care they are able to provide their wild patients. To this day, FLWC wildlife caretaker volunteers provide the majority of the animal care. FLWC is wrapping up its 11th year after caring for nearly 3,000 wild animals in need. Like many of the animals cared for at FLWC, the program has room to grow and the future is very promising.
Have you found a baby animal? Click on the links below to find out if they need our help!
If you find a sick or injured wild animal, please call FLWC at (608) 838-0413 ext. 151 for further instructions. Capturing injured wildlife can be dangerous if not done correctly. If possible to safely contain the animal before calling FLWC, please do so by placing a cardboard box or laundry basket over the animal without touching it.
Can you provide a quiet home to care for wildlife babies while they grow?
Can you provide a protected release site for our patients?
An important part of the rehabilitation process is releasing the animal in an area with proper habitat and protection from some of the dangers they face to give them the best chance possible to be successful. When possible, we like for animals to go back to the area they came from, but sometimes that is not an option. If you own a rural parcel of land and you would like it to become home to some of the wildlife who have been cared for at FLWC, please download the application and return it to our office.
Can you provide funding to support raptor rehabilitation and research?
FLWC has started a “Raptor Monitoring and Research” project in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and our Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator, Jacqueline Edmunds. Our center would like to answer the most important question in rehabilitation: “How successful are our patients after we release them, and where do they go?” In 2014, our goal will be to raise $40,000 to purchase 10 GPS tracking units to place on our hawks and owl species. We will be able to use this data to track migration routes, breeding behavior, survival rates, and population ecology. Consider making a donation today!
What is Wildlife Rehabilitation? Click HERE to learn more!
Interested in an internship?
FLWC offers unpaid internships for college students and recent graduates. Applications for 2014 spring internships are no longer being accepted. Applications are being accepted for summer 2014 internships until February 1, 2014.
Thank you for caring about Wisconsin's Wildlife!