HAWKE Spring Open House set for Sunday


400-HAWKE-BIRDHAWKE will be opening the doors for their annual “Spring Members-Only Open House”, under the big oaks at the HAWKE rehabilitation facility in Elkton on Sunday, April 27th at 1:00 p.m. and continuing to 4:00 p.m., according to an announcement received by Historic City News this week.

Those attending have the opportunity to take tours of the rehabilitation facility, hospital room, ICU unit, feed room, and large wildlife enclosures both inside and outside the center.

“HAWKE wants to continue to be there to take your calls when injured wild animals need help,” Melanie Cain-Stage told local reporters. “But, we need funds to feed and provide care for orphaned wild birds, mammals, and reptiles.”

HAWKE is celebrating 27 years of helping wildlife have a second chance; but, because they do not receive state or federal support, and depend entirely on donations of time, material, and funds, events such as these help raise money and awareness.

This is one of two Open House events provided for members of the Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education. They serve several good purposes, Cain-Stage said. It’s a great reason to purchase or renew your membership, and, it’s an entertaining way to say “thank-you” and show you where your contributions are going.

At the open house, members can visit the hummingbird garden and water turtle pond, our huge land turtle habitat, and can see our resident bobcat, Cherokee, in her new habitat. HAWKE’s educational and non-releasable animals and education birds of prey will be on display, but patients being rehabilitated will not be on view. Meet our owls, hawks, Peregrine falcon, swallow-tailed kite, playful river otters, and our other un-releasable “adoptable” critters.

For directions to the facility or for additional information, please email Melanie Cain-Stage at helphawke@windstream.net. Please, no school groups or children without an adult. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations prohibit the use of cell phones, cameras, or recording devices, and no pets of any kind are allowed at the center.