RED CREEK WILDLIFE CENTER INC

30 Years of Rescuing Wildlife

Schuylkill Haven, PA

Mission

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

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.

Ruling year info

2006

Director

Peggy Hentz

BOD President

Mike Witman

Main address

300 Moon Hill Dr % Peggy Sue Hentz

Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 USA

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EIN

23-2865324

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a lack of wildlife rehabilitation services in Pennsylvania. Roadblocks exist that deter people from becoming licensed in wildlife rehabilitation such as lack of funding, lack of education, and lack of mentorship opportunities. We at Red Creek are trying to remove those roadblocks. To do this, we need larger facilities to expand our rehabilitation and education services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

2021 Conservation Services Award-Public 2021

Schuylkill Conservation District

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of animals released from those received in a condition where rehabilitation was possible

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of released animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of industry standards/practices developed by nonprofit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteer hours donated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

2018: Are networking with wildlife In Need (WIN) to expand capture and transport permittees and wildlife couriers in Pennsylvania.

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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RED CREEK WILDLIFE CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 11/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mike Witman

Red Creek Wildlife Center

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Amanda Roshannon

No

Term: 2015 - 2022

Peggy Hentz

Red Creek Wildlife Center

Bonnie Bohnenblust

Mike Witman

Amanda Roshannon

Greg Nason

Red Creek Wildlife Center

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.