The Northwoods Wildlife Center (NWC) in Minocqua is preparing for its busiest season, when baby animals are born and migrating birds return to the north.

“As in years past, NWC is hosting its Wildlife Baby Shower in preparation for an influx of wildlife in need which begins in April,” said Courtney Wright, assistant director of education at NWC. 

The center relies on the generosity of community members to help prepare for the busy season, and this year is no different. Wright said that the majority of its spring admissions are infant animals requiring special equipment, diets, supplies, and a lot of time.

In order to help staff care for sick and injured animals in the North Woods, the center has set up both a baby shower registry and a wish list on smile.amazon.com. 

Because the center is closed to visitors until further notice, donations can be shipped directly to Northwoods Wildlife Center, 8683 S. Blumenstein Road, Minocqua, WI 54548.

“Since we are encouraging people to get out only for their own essential needs, we truly discourage actual in-person shopping for our benefit,” said Courtney Wright, assistant director of education at NWC. 

Wright said the best way to support NWC during this fragile time is through a monetary donation. To give a monetary gift, visit northwoodswildlifecenter.org and click the “Donate” button. 

“We recognize that everyone has concerns of not only the virus but the economic impact it will have on each of us,” said Wright. “We also recognize so many other small businesses and nonprofits are asking for help. If you are able, we would really appreciate any help you can give us at this time. Every bit helps and together we and the wildlife will make it through.”

Staff at the center would also remind everyone of the proper measures to take if an injured or orphaned animal is found. 

“Many of you may be taking long walks during social distancing and may come across wildlife in need. Northwoods Wildlife Center is here to help. Should you find an animal in need, before acting, please contact us at (715) 356-7400 for advice and assistance,” Wright said. “Our team will work with you to determine how to get the animal the proper care it needs. We are available 24/7.”