“…In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity….Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree….Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life….”
Congratulations to all of you, every single one of you who is speaking, signing, sharing or praying—your voices are being heard and people at all levels of government are listening.
Fellow Mortals received word late yesterday that our Town Board has instructed the Town Attorney to “notify ATC by email and letter that the work may not proceed until ATC successfully applies for and receives Plan Commission approval of necessary tree cutting permits.”
We are so very grateful to our Town Chairperson, the Town Board, the Town Attorney and the Town of Geneva Police for their support.
The Town Ordinance prohibits clear cutting for other than specific areas and purposes. A copy of the Town Ordinance 58 (which was adopted by the Town in 2001) can be read here:
Some of you have asked if the Governor’s office or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, or U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have spoken for us. The answer is YES, our friends have been here for us, but this is not a simple issue—which is why your voices and participation have been critical.
Where you have had influence, you have spoken and been heard. Every one of you is important.
We can’t tell you how much your messages, e-mails and comments giving support and encouragement mean to us.
We will continue to need your help in the weeks and months to come, but this development means we can breathe again here at Fellow Mortals, we can more fully appreciate the wild ones who are in our care, we can sleep without fear of waking to chain saws for a time—our hearts are a little lighter.
We have been paying our utility bills—but are behind on nearly everything else, since we haven’t been able to work on fundraising and also work to protect the sanctuary while caring for the hundreds of animals brought to us injured or orphaned.
If you are on our newsletter list, you will be receiving something soon with a request to help with funds for wildlife care and attorneys’ fees. While our attorneys are doing much of the work pro bono, they cannot work on this issue for free, and it is not a part-time endeavor, as much work has been going on “behind the scenes.” If you are not on our mailing list, and would like to be—simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and you’ll get our next newsletter.
We have taken in more animals in 2016 than last year, and are one of a very few facilities in the state which is equipped to care for fawns—which are very expensive and time-consuming. In addition to fawns, we have taken in hundreds of other animals, including cottontails, squirrels, opossum, mallard and wood ducklings, goslings, screech and great-horned owls, red-tailed hawks and over 100 songbirds already this spring.
We do not charge for the service we provide, and often the only donation a caring person can give is their precious time and the gas needed to bring a wild one to Fellow Mortals.
Every donation, every single dollar, is necessary and appreciated, as defending the sanctuary has taken months of our time, energy and resources. If you would like to specify where your donation goes, you can do that when you make a gift through PayPal: http://fellowmortals.org/donate/, or by mail.
Our work together is not finished—but thanks to you, we have reason to hope.
Yvonne Wallace Blane, Co-founder, Director, Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital
If you have not yet signed our on-line petition, you may do so here: