The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC) of Northern Utah has officially moved!
The rehabilitation of animals has been a part of the Ogden Nature Center for more than 30 years. In 2008, the rehabilitation facility took in almost 1,600 birds — everything from hummingbirds to eagles. But on January 21, 2009 the Board of Directors decided to shutdown the rehabilitation facility.
Originally, their plan was to end the program immediately, but thanks to a huge public outcry, and the support of the local media “airing” the impending decision, the wild bird rehab facility was given five months to come up with an organization of its own and move off the premises.
On Sunday, June 7, 2009, the volunteers of WRC successfully made the move from the Nature Center to the old Brookside Animal Hospital building, our new temporary facility at 138 West 12th Street in Ogden. All of our precious bird patients from the Nature Center have been successfully transferred. The old Brookside Animal Hospital, is being donated rent-free by Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Kathryn Penrod. Although the building is still for sale, Dr Penrod has graciously offered WRC the facility for our wild bird rehabilitation program as a temporary home until we can come up with a more permanent solution.
In the works for a more permanent home is a partnership with the City of Ogden through Mr. John Patterson for relocation of WRC rehabilitation mews (bird “weathering/conditioning” enclosures) and the possible use of one of its buildings in the next 18 months to 2 years.
WRC encourages interested people to follow its progress on-line at www.wrcnu.org ; we need the full support of the public in order to continue this important service to Northern Utah. Ways to help include: donation of important supplies (listed on the “get involved” page); volunteering (WRC is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, summer hours are from 10 am often until midnight or later, so our volunteer hours are very flexible—we have a time slot that will fit anyone’s work schedule); become a “Founding Member” through purchase of a Founding Membership in WRC (benefits of membership are listed on our “get involved/membership” page).