A few summers ago, our friend Jud Beachler found a newborn bird in bad shape just outside of his home. He thought at first that the bird had died, but then realized when taking a closer look that it was barely clinging to life. So, he brought the bird inside despite thinking it may not have much chance of surviving. The little bird had been exposed to the heat, and malnourishment left him weak and fragile.
Over the next several months, Jud and his wife Deborah nursed the little bird — who they named “Peanut” — back to health. They both found that caring for a newborn bird was a lot like caring for a newborn human! Peanut was very vocal any time he needed to be fed or wanted attention. Peanut wanted to be held often and grew very attached to Jud and Deborah. Likewise, they grew really attached to him, and both knew the day they released him would be bittersweet.
Before long, those round-the-clock efforts paid off. Little Peanut had regained his strength. His feathers were growing in, and it was important to his rehabilitation that he was able to practice flying in a safe place. So, Jud and Deborah took Peanut to the basement of their home where he could fly safe from harm. Brave little Peanut showed such amazing progress and resiliency, and the day soon came that they released him. Weeks later, they discovered that Peanut had joined a family of birds that were nesting near their home.
Several times, Jud allowed my daughters to feed Peanut, and they marveled at how such a sick little bird could transform into such a lively little guy with a personality all his own. Now, several years later, our family is still inspired by Peanut’s story and the ability of people to look after and be a good neighbor to our local wildlife. So, in determining Green Haven Living’s community impact efforts this year, the Ohio Wildlife Center was a natural choice. These efforts will contribute to the rehabilitation and release of local wildlife!
The majority of the animals brought to the Ohio Wildlife Center have been brought in by private citizens, just like Jud and Deborah. Many have been injured or orphaned, or are found to be suffering from another medical condition that requires intervention for their survival. The Ohio Wildlife Center operates with the help of volunteers and funding largely through charitable donations. In addition to the hospital, the Ohio Wildlife Center also provides a sanctuary for animals that cannot recover fully enough to survive after release.
On Saturday, March 16th, Green Haven Living will host the first ever Wild Saturday event from 11:00 am to 5:00 PM. This will be a quarterly open house-style event benefiting the work the Center does. A portion of sales for the day will be donated to the Ohio Wildlife Center and will directly benefit the animals. From 1:00 to 3:00 pm, an educator will be here in the shop to introduce animal ambassadors to you!
We hope you will come and benefit the amazing work the Ohio Wildlife Center is doing. As we get closer to the event, stay tuned into our Instagram and Facebook pages for more updates — including stories about the animal ambassadors!