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RED CREEK WILDLIFE CENTER INC

  • Schuylkill Haven, PA

Mission Statement

To offer a second chance to distressed Pennsylvania wildlife through rescue and rehabilitation, public education and by providing training for wildlife rehabilitators.

Wildlife Rehabilitation services are offered in SE Pennsylvania.

Continuing Education for wildlife rehabilitators is offered throughout the United States.

Main Programs

  1. Wildlife Rehabilitation
  2. Public Education about wildlife
  3. Wildlife Rehaqbilitation Training

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Service Areas

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National

Wildlife rehabilitation services - Pennsylvania
Wildlife rehabilitation training - USA

ruling year

2006

President since 2012

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Peggy Hentz

Keywords

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Wildlife rehabilitation education animal

Notes from the Nonprofit

We believe that our services should be life-changing for the people we serve. Our staff have saved many animals, and a few human lives, too, through intervention during rabies exposures.

We are a small, yet effective and dedicated organization. Our key employees and BOD are all committed to ensuring that the services we provide will still be offered decades from today.

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EIN

23-2865324

 Number

0141712786

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We believe that every life, no matter how small or common, is precious and deserves a chance at life.

Taking in over two thousand wild animals annually, from the tiniest hummingbird, to the largest eagle, from chipmunks to deer, Red Creek has been giving wildlife a second chance for 25 years.

We believe that education is an important part of saving our wildlife, the environment and the planet for future generations.

Each year, tens of thousands of students enjoy a positive wildlife experience through Red Creek's LIVE RAPTOR programs and assemblies.

We believe wildlife rehabilitation is a valuable service that should be available to everyone.

Red Creek is helping others become wildlife rehabilitators through classes, seminars and online training, expanding this serve to new areas in Pennsylvania and nationally.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Our primary purpose is Wildlife Rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitation is a public service provided to ALL PEOPLE who find injured and orphaned animals. This service is provided free of charge to ALL individuals.

We believe that every life, no matter how small or common, is precious and deserves a chance at life.

Taking in approximately two thousand wild animals annually, from the tiniest hummingbird, to the largest eagle, from chipmunks to deer, Red Creek has been giving wildlife a second chance since 1991.

 
A)To provide a
charitable, legal and humane service
to the general public, veterinarians, and state and local wildlife officials by
providing a facility to refer or bring orphaned, sick or injured wildlife for
care, husbandry, medical treatment and eventual release back to their wild and
natural habitat, otherwise referred to as wildlife rehabilitation.

 
1)The benefits of this
service to the public :

 
a)Protects
the health of this person, their family and pets by reducing the time a person
has a wild animal in his or her possession,

(i)Reducing
the risk of possible injury

(ii)Reducing
possible exposure to diseases such as rabies

(iii)Reducing
possible exposure to parasites

 
b)Gives
the public a solution to helping an animal without breaking state and federal
laws

 
c)Reduces
the risk of semi-tame wildlife being accidentally released by the public,
possibly endangering the public through contact with the animal

 
2)The benefits of this
service to the animal

 
a)Protects
the health of the animal

(i)by
providing proper food and housing for their husbandry

(ii)by
providing or arranging for modern veterinary care through staff and local
veterinarians including diagnostics, medications, x-rays, surgery,
rehabilitation and euthanasia

(iii)By
releasing these animals back into suitable habitat

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

100,000.00

Program 2

Public Education about wildlife

A)To provide education about Pennsylvania wildlife to the public through 
a)Private consultation
b)Workshops, classes and lectures
c)Distribution of Educational pamphlets
d)The maintenance of a website
e)Public displays and exhibitions.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Budget

$17,587.00

Program 3

Wildlife Rehaqbilitation Training

We believe wildlife rehabilitation is a valuable service that should be available to everyone.

Red Creek is helping others become wildlife rehabilitators through classes, seminars and online training, expanding this serve to new areas in Pennsylvania and nationally.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

20,000

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of animals rehabilitated

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Wildlife Rehabilitation
TOTALS BY YEAR
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2. Percentage of animals released from those received in a condition where rehabilitation was possible

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Wildlife Rehabilitation
TOTALS BY YEAR
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3. Number of released animals

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Wildlife Rehabilitation
TOTALS BY YEAR
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4. Number of industry standards/practices developed by nonprofit

Target Population
Adults

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
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5. Number of volunteer hours donated

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Wildlife Rehabilitation
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our original founding goal is to save as many wild animals as we can. We are already meeting the needs of animals locally by admitting all of the wild animals that are within transportation range.

    For us to expand on our original goal, it is necessary to teach others what we do and how to do it successfully, both in animal care and in operating a self sustaining organization.

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our long-term goal is to build a school for wildlife rehabilitators. Students can learn the vocation of wildlife rehabilitation through classroom instruction, as well as hands-on instruction in our rehabilitation facility.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our organization is already supplying these services complete or in-part.

    We continue to take all wild animal patients that can be transported to us. No wild creature is turned away.

    We are supplying education for those interested in wildlife rehabilitation through seminars given twice a year, and through self study courses on our website at www.wildlifeedu.com.

    Red Creek has continued to grow annually in funding and services. We have a succession plan in place for the continuation of the center and its missions beyond the lifetime of the founder. Every goal we've set so far we have achieved and we will meet this one in time and with the proper funding.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Wildlife Rehabilitation: Yearly reports are submitted to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service of all animals received and the disposition of those animals. Statistics are kept as to our success rate and number of animals and people served. Yearly reviews are conducted by staff and the BOD.

    Public Education Programs: Yearly reports are submitted to the US Fish and Wildlife Service of all program conducted. Statistics are kept on the number of programs, and organizations and people served. Yearly reviews are conducted by staff and the BOD.

    Statistics are reviewed annually on the number of students who have received passing scores in our curriculum. We also keep in touch with past students, offering them additional training at no cost, assistance and advice on becoming licensed, as well as post-licensing assistance.

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    2009: Developed the states' guidelines and training for "Wildlife Capture and Transport" permittees which has been accepted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and New Jersey Fish and Wildlife as the for people permitted to respond to wildlife emergencies. Training classes are conducted twice each year.

    2012: Developed training series to prepare for the state exams to receive permits for wildlife rehabilitation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Classes are given twice each year.

    2016: Developed the state guidelines and training for "Threatened and Endangered Species" certification for wildlife rehabilitators holding permits with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

    What we have not accomplished so far is upgrading our facilities to reflect the work that is done here. Our facilities are small and antiquated. New facilities would allow us to expand these programs and offer them year round.



Service Areas

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National

Wildlife rehabilitation services - Pennsylvania
Wildlife rehabilitation training - USA

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Funding Needs

Many of the structures at Red Creek are old and are soon to meet the end of their usability. We have maintained and repaired the current structures many times over the years but new structures are needed. Red Creek's clinic building is a 1 story double-wide modular about 70 ft by 24 ft. We would like to replace this building with a 2 story building with a 70 ft by 30 ft footprint, expanding our current usable space by 150%

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RED CREEK WILDLIFE CENTER INC

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President

Peggy Hentz

BIO

Founder/Director of Red Creek Wildlife Center, Inc. and a member of the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation and Education Advisory Council.
She is the author of the "Wildlife Capture and Transport Manual" which has been accepted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and New Jersey Fish and Wildlife as the states' guidelines for people permitted to respond to wildlife emergencies.
Peggy is the author of“Rescuing Wildlife, A Guide to Injured and Orphaned Animals" published by Stackpole Books.
In 2016 Peggy developed the permitting requirements for receiving the "threatened and endangered" certification for Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitators.
Peggy's current passion is helping others become wildlife rehabilitators in Pennsylvania. She instructs several “Basics in Wildlife Rehabilitation Series" each year, and has developed www.WildlifeEDU.com, an online learning center for wildlife rehabilitators. She is a frequent presenter at state and national wildlife rehabilitation conferences.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Most wildlife rehabilitators begin as hobbyists. Seeing a need for the service and having a great love for animals, they enter the field unprepared. Lacking education in animal husbandry, as well as running an organization which cannot support itself financially, the demands of the work often become overwhelming. Many rehabilitation centers close their doors by the third year. Those who continue for decades often find themselves supporting the activity, resulting in severe economic loss.
The future of rehabilitation, in general, requires the shifting of this hobby into a vocation. That transformation can come only with a structured educational opportunity being available, professionalizing the service.
Since the goal of Red Creek has always been to help wildlife, and we have proven that wildlife rehabilitation is a dynamic avenue toward achieving that goal, we believe that the work should be carried on into the future – AND THROUGHOUT THE NATION!
For this to be accomplished, Red Creek's future must tie in with the future of wildlife rehabilitation as a whole. It is completely within our mission to instruct others in our methodology and vision.
As we continue our direct rehabilitation of Pennsylvania wildlife and our public outreach programs, Red Creeks future lies in teaching other the skills of wildlife rehabilitation. In 2010 we are launching on-line training for new rehabilitators as well as providing continuing education classes for licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Rehabilitation study subjects would include animal husbandry skills (diet and nutrition, housing, sanitation, species specific profiles), and veterinary techniques (hydration and fluid therapy, wound management, medications, medical math, fracture stabilization, etc.), thereby cultivating the skills needed for successful rehabilitation of all species.
Also included in the curriculum would be courses in non-profit business management, enabling the student to build a career that is not only personally satisfying but also financially self-sustaining."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Peggy Hentz

Red Creek Wildlife Center

Term: Nov 1991 -

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