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A Winter's Flight

A Winter’s Flight

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We thought you might like to see a bit 'behind the scenes' today, and...it gives us a chance to tell you about two very special needs we have this winter.

When snow comes like it did last night and still today, it means we have to pay special attention to moving animals into enclosures which provide shelter from the cold and blowing snow. In the first part of the video, Jess is moving an older red-tailed hawk recovering from a wing injury into a smaller pre-flight cage for better shelter from the weather. You will notice tarps on some of our outdoor cages which are used to break the wind. We hope to replace those tarps with plexiglass panels, but they are expensive. Every four panels will allow us to enclose the back half of a winter enclosure. Note: This hawk will move to the new Uihlein Flight when it is stronger.

The second part of the video shows the youngest fawn with two others. This little doe was born in early August, so is about 3-1/2 months old today. The two fawns shown with her have acted as her 'big sisters.' On snowy or rainy days, the fawns' food gets wet and dissolves before it can be eaten. We want to make sure all the deer in care this winter always have access to palatable food. A gravity feeder would make this possible. Note: We will be releasing the deer in the spring.

Both of these large items--and many smaller items we need--are on our current "Winter Wishes" list on Amazon here: smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3DOBML5PH023V/ref=topnav_lists_1

If you make a gift, please let us know. Often there are no gift messages enclosed with items and we feel bad when we can't thank you:)
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The fawns' bond as a small family is tight and they rarely see humans anymore, though they have squirrels and rabbits and birds as friends, as well as the whole habitat in which to run and play. On a gorgeous fall day in the country, we catch a glimpse of the growing fawns, now six months old. The last three fawns will join them in the large habitat before winter. It is our goal that every animal that comes into us for care will someday be released and become part of the wild world again, as if it had never been with us. ... See MoreSee Less

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Watch our latest Videos:

Thanks to Joy Kowald and

the Lake Geneva Regional News for producing these!


Jean A. Olson—1919-2015

Jean A. Olson, 96, of Racine, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

Susan Tragesser—1940-2015

Susan Tragesser, 74, of Kenosha, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015.  See more about Sue here.

Thomas Lothian—1928-2015

Thomas Archer Lothian II, of Williams Bay, Wisconsin, passed away on May 14, 2015 at the age of 86.

Steve M. Varner—1957-2015

Steve M. Varner passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Michael H. Rifken—1937-2015

Michael H. Rifken, 77, of Burlington, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 at Burlington Health & Rehab.

Ann H. McMaster Dewey—1932-2014

Ann H. McMaster Dewey, formerly of Lake Forest, Illinois, more recently of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died Monday the 18th of August, 2014.

Irene M. Sculley—1927-2014

Irene M. Sculley, a lifelong resident of Lake Geneva, died Saturday March 15, 2014 at her home.

Dr. Patrick Hourigan—1956-2013

Dr. Patrick M. Hourigan, age 57, of Williams Bay, Wisconsin, passed away December 7, 2013.

Pat founded the Richmond Veterinary Clinic in Richmond, Illinois in 1991, and practiced veterinary medicine for 30 years.

He67 VetC had a passion for life, his family and friends, as well as for wildlife and companion animals. For over twenty five years, he donated his time and expertise to Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital.

Read the story in his own words here.



Important Notice!

If you have found an injured or orphaned animal, it is absolutely necessary that you get help from a licensed rehabilitator as soon as possible. Only a trained rehabilitator can provide the care that will enable the animal to survive and return to the wild.


For more information, please see our Wildlife Insights.


If you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal,

Call us at (262) 248-5055. Leave a message on our answering machine and we will return your call.


Fellow Mortals, Inc. is a charitable corporation organized under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Our volunteer professionals provide rehabilitative care seven days a week, all year long. Fellow Mortals does not receive any funding from the Department of Natural Resources, any other government agency, or your tax dollars. Donations are the life-blood of the facility.


Fellow Mortals is licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to care for native mammals from Wisconsin, and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to care for migratory birds from Wisconsin and Illinois.

Visit AnimalHelpNow.org for assistance with wildlife emergencies throughout the United States.


For information about the regulation of wildlife rehabilitation & transport, please consult the following links:


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/documents/rule.pdf

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,

Trade & Consumer Protection http://datcp.wi.gov/animals/animal_movement/index.aspx