Aftermath of the fire outside – photo by Chris Bondante
The bird room after the fire – Photo by Chris Bondante
Our bird room and adjacent outdoor habitats were completely destroyed, along with food, equipment, and other items. The good news is that 86-year old owner Janet Miller is OK and most animals survived and are receiving continued care. Some of the birds lost had been educational animals for over a decade, they will all be missed.
Both of our educational Elf Owls perished in the fire. Elfie and Cleo brought joy and wonder to all who met them.
Please give what you can, and please continue to share this campaign. This is a kick off that will help us reach short term goals: resuming very limited intake, replacing supplies and equipment that were destroyed by the fire, and continuing care of the many birds and mammals that were unharmed by the fire. Stay tuned for more crowd funding campaigns and fundraising events in Tucson and beyond. And thank you all so much for supporting this very important work!
Luna the one-eyed Great Horned Owl was a great surrogate and raised many baby owls so that they could go on to be released.
Baby Great Horned Owls
Barn Owl that we had been doing physical therapy with to help regain the use of its legs was also sadly lost in the fire.
The Wildlife Rehab receives no public funding and is paid for by Janet herself. Funds will go toward food, medicine, medical supplies, carriers, equipment, and reconstruction. Your support means that we can continue helping wild birds and small mammals recover from injury, illness and orphanhood.
Thankfully the baby bunnies were in another room and we did not lose any of them.
Here’s a wonderful video done in 2015 by Tony Paniagua at Arizona Public Media to learn more about Janet Miller and the work she has done running the wildlife rehab for over 20 years. Thank you for your caring and generosity. Click here to donate and share.
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Those who have been following my blog know that I hike to raise money for Wildlife Rehabilitation Northwest Tucson, where I have volunteered for the past year and a half. The rehab was started 15 years ago by Janet and Lewis Miller because they wanted to do something constructive with their retirement. In the past 15 years, they have rehabilitated and released countless birds and mammals. I am sad to report that Lewis Miller passed away at the beginning of the month. Lewis was 84 and he and Janet had recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. I attended a beautiful service for him at St. Phillips Church this weekend and it was incredible to hear all the stories from people who’s lives he touched. Lewis wore many hats: father of two boys, scoutmaster, middle-school science teacher for 20 years, and a docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for 32 years, but in all of them his sense of humor and desire to teach shone through. Here is a picture of the collage that was at the memorial service with many wonderful pictures of Lewis Miller throughout the years.
Lewis Miller Collage- click to enlarge
Donations in his name can be sent to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Forever Wild, Tucson Wildlife Center, or the Boy Scouts of America.
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