The A.R.K. will NOT be admitting any birds at all until further notice due to the Avian Influenza outbreak in the birds that are migrating back here. The risk of bringing birds that may be carrying the virus to the A.R.K. is simply to great. This will help us protect our education birds and the other birds that are currently being cared for at our facility.
The ARK rehabilitates hundreds of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife each year. Our goal is to return these animals to their natural habitats as soon as they are able to live independently. We also provide an educational resource to all people of the State of Michigan so we may promote a better understanding, treatment, and appreciation of Michigan's wildlife population.
Our program focuses on the following objectives:
to provide the best possible medical and first aid treatment to all animals brought to the center
to provide quality nutrition and appropriate housing to all animals in our care
to humanely euthanize any animal that is beyond help and hope
to provide educational information to the general public when they call for assistance with injured, orphaned, sick, or "nuisance" wildlife
to provide educational information to veterinarians and other professionals who come into contact with wildlife throughout Michigan
to release animals back into the wild in proper release sites, carefully selected to optimize the survival of the animal and to have minimal impact on humans
to educate adults and children through our slide presentations and educational displays
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It's that time of year again.....fawn season.
Please call before bringing in a fawn.
Sometimes well meaning people accidentally kidnap healthy fawns. We are limited on what counties we can accept fawns from due to the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease and TB.
Doe leave fawns for hours at a time because fawns don't have a scent when they are born. Mom stays away to keep the predators away, and will come back to feed a few times a day. Please, please, please spread this info! The more fawns that can stay with mom the better off they will be!
Here are a few things to help determine if a fawn really needs help:
Is the fawn laying on its side with the legs out straight under them? This is not normal and the baby needs help! Please call.
Is the fawn bleeding or hurt? This baby needs help! Please call!
Is it sitting next to a dead doe by the road? This baby needs help! Please call.
Has the fawn been calling for mom for hours? Something probably happened to mom and the baby needs help. Please call.
If we can't take the fawn, please understand it's one of the saddest things we have to tell people. No. We hate saying it, and it breaks our heart because we want to take in every animal that needs help. But we can't risk the health of the other babies in our care. Please follow our direction, whether we say to put the fawn back and wait for mom, or that we can't take fawns from that county. DO NOT try to take it home and raise it on your own. This NEVER has a good outcome for the baby, and we always want what's best for the wildlife.