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Images: Behind the scenes at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center

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  • Animal care volunteers Chuck Sylvester and Melissa Monno clean out a tub in the Raptor Flight Facility at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. The center has up to 100 active volunteers at any given time in the animal care department.

       Animal care volunteers Chuck Sylvester and Melissa Monno clean out a tub in the Raptor Flight Facility at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. The center has up to 100 active volunteers at any given time in the animal care department.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Jenny Theuman, a seasonal keeper, feeds chimney swifts vitamin and nutrient-enriched mealworms at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

       Jenny Theuman, a seasonal keeper, feeds chimney swifts vitamin and nutrient-enriched mealworms at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A Cooper's hawk, which is a couple weeks from release, hangs out in the raptor flight facility at the center.

       A Cooper's hawk, which is a couple weeks from release, hangs out in the raptor flight facility at the center.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A Blanding's turtle hatches out of its shell at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. The Blanding's turtle program is a captive rearing head start program that the center works with in cooperation with the rest of the forest preserve. They have had over 220 eggs hatch each year with artificial incubation. Most are then released back into the wild.

       A Blanding's turtle hatches out of its shell at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. The Blanding's turtle program is a captive rearing head start program that the center works with in cooperation with the rest of the forest preserve. They have had over 220 eggs hatch each year with artificial incubation. Most are then released back into the wild.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Wildlife specialist Rose Augustine takes a look around a raccoon cage in the outdoor rehab area where animals spend the weeks and months before they are released to the wild.

       Wildlife specialist Rose Augustine takes a look around a raccoon cage in the outdoor rehab area where animals spend the weeks and months before they are released to the wild.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Young mourning doves get a special nest during their care at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

       Young mourning doves get a special nest during their care at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A baby squirrel is hand-fed a special formula for rodents during its care at the center.

       A baby squirrel is hand-fed a special formula for rodents during its care at the center.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Raccoons close to being released hang out in the outdoor rehab area.

       Raccoons close to being released hang out in the outdoor rehab area.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A red-tailed hawk hangs out with some great horned owls as they await their release. They spend a few weeks in the raptor flight facility before being released.

       A red-tailed hawk hangs out with some great horned owls as they await their release. They spend a few weeks in the raptor flight facility before being released.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Dr. Jen Nevis, staff veterinarian at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, takes a look at a blue jay that was dropped off. She discovered it had a broken beak.

       Dr. Jen Nevis, staff veterinarian at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, takes a look at a blue jay that was dropped off. She discovered it had a broken beak.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A squirrel about four weeks old sits beside a stuffed animal, which provides a hiding place and comfort during his care at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

       A squirrel about four weeks old sits beside a stuffed animal, which provides a hiding place and comfort during his care at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A chimney swift gets fed a vitamin and nutrient-enriched mealworm during its rehab at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

       A chimney swift gets fed a vitamin and nutrient-enriched mealworm during its rehab at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Wildlife keeper Sean Kendall hand feeds a young raccoon with a special formula.

       Wildlife keeper Sean Kendall hand feeds a young raccoon with a special formula.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 

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