HAWKE Spring Open House set for December 7th, 2014, 2014

HAWKE wants to continue to be there to take your calls when injured wild animals need help. HAWKE needs funds to feed and provide care for orphaned wild birds, mammals, and reptiles. We will be opening our doors for our annual Spring Members-Only Open House under the big oaks at the HAWKE rehabilitation facility in Elkton, FL. The festivities begin on Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. and continue to 4:00 p.m., featuring tours of the rehabilitation facility, hospital room, ICU unit, feed room, and large wildlife enclosures both inside and outside the center. HAWKE officers, members, and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the animals, the facility, and opportunities for volunteering to help support the mission of the Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education.

DSC 0033HAWKE is celebrating 27 years of helping wildlife have a second chance, thanks to generous donations from the community and from HAWKE members. The association provides two open house events per year as a thank-you and so you can see where your funds are going. At the open house, members can visit the hummingbird garden and water turtle pond, our huge land turtle habitat, and can see our resident bobcat, Cherokee, in her new habitat. HAWKE's educational and non-releasable animals and education birds of prey will be on display, but patients being rehabilitated will not be on view. Meet our owls, hawks, Peregrine falcon, swallow-tailed kite, playful river otters, and our other Un releasable "adoptable" critters. Because HAWKE does not receive state or federal support and depends entirely on donations of time, material, and funds, events such as these help us raise funds, raise awareness of the material needs of the facility, and introduce available volunteer opportunities.

All new and current members are invited to attend, and major membership donors ($500 and up) can bring 2 guests. Large donors can also request another day to visit, People who donate services to HAWKE such as newsletter ads, St Johns Vets , volunteers can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ahead for more information. For individuals and families who are not members and still wish to attend the open house, you can join from the website or even at the event (please email ahead); membership information and registration will be available. A single membership in the Association is $25 (this will feed our screech owl, Twiggy, for days), and $35 for a family (couples and minor children under 18 years old, but not extended family). Of course, we also welcome larger donations to help offset the operating costs for the center, and all donations are tax deductible. There are many levels available to join. Membership includes HAWKE newsletters and invitations to our two open house events each year, plus discounts by mail for HAWKE events. Go to www.hawkewildlife.org to use a credit card using PayPal (you don't have to have an account) cut and past http://www.hawkewildlife.org/index.php/please-donate and bring your receipt to enter the sanctuary. If you would prefer to send a check to join the Association, or if you cannot attend the event and would like to make a donation, mail a check to HAWKE, PO BOX 188, Elkton, FL 32033. For directions to the HAWKE facility or for additional information, please email Melanie Cain-Stage at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please, no school groups or children without an adult. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations prohibit the use of cell phones, cameras, or recording devices, and no pets of any kind are allowed at the center. Private limited groups for special occasions, photography, or clubs can be arranged at another date by emailing Melanie for information.

The St. Augustine Record Featured HAWKE efforts to save an abandoned baby otter.

From the story...

Local animal lover Melanie Cain-Stage welcomed a new young and abandoned critter into her animal sanctuary home in Elkton this week with open arms.

Becky, an 8-week-old baby river otter, came to the Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education Inc. on March 5 after a couple found the abandoned otter lying by itself on the side of a residential street in Jacksonville, Cain-Stage said.

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braveheart-bobcat-smIn the last three years alone, HAWKE has rehabilitated and cared for four bobcats and keeps getting requests from other centers that are unable to deal with them. In 2012 alone, HAWKE was asked to take three other bobcats, two from other rehabilitation centers and one from a zoo. She had already had one orphaned kitten and another adult male bobcat that had been hit by a car. She did not have the enclosure space to take in any more. Ms. Cain-Stage explained, "The other main center that helped with bobcats moved out of state when the owner passed away. Additionally, more and more (wildlife rehabilitation) centers are closing due to lack of funding, so there are fewer centers that can take any animals at all, much less cats like these. One of the main factors causing the increasing number of bobcat injuries seen by HAWKE is the destruction or disruption of their habitat. Because male bobcats establish territories of between 10-25 square miles, new construction or land clearing creates a huge problem for them, forcing them to hunt in smaller territories or challenge other bobcats to establish new ones. As their territories become smaller and smaller, they come in contact with humans more frequently, often being hit by cars."

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