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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Give a hoot

Great Horned Owl to be released in Greenwich

Wildlife in Crisis, one of Fairfield County's Wildlife Care Centers, will hold its annual fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. August 29 at the Audubon Center in Greenwich.

At this year’s event, rehabilitated Great Horned Owls will be released as Wildlife in Crisis supporters look on, organizers said in a statement.

The event will include a wine reception, beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction tables, the statement said. The owl release will conclude the evening.

Admission to the annual fundraiser is $100 per person. RSVP to Wildlife in Crisis by e-mail at or call WIC at 203-544-9913. Space is limited.

Donations are tax deductible, the statement said.

WIC is a volunteer-run, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Wildlife in Crisis opened to help ailing wildlife 22 years ago, and "remains dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured or orphaned indigenous wildlife," the statement said.

The non-profit organization supports wildlife rehabilitation and release, land conservation and public education. The WIC staff, interns and volunteers have participated in the Greenwich Audubon HawkWatch for the past eight years, and have delivered educational programs at the Greenwich Audubon center, the statement said.

Wildlife In Crisis receives more than 15,000 phone calls about wildlife issues annually and responds to each one, often counseling callers on protocols of nature, and wildlife protection, the statement said.

Wildlife in Crisis is in constant need of support and donations and welcomes inquiries from the public. Donations and inquiries may be made to the Director Dara Reid, on WIC's website: , by e-mail at, and to Wildlife in Crisis, Inc. P.O. Box 1246 Weston , 06883.

Editor's note: The information and images in this post were submitted entirely by Audubon Greenwich/Audubon Connecticut.

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