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Off They Go: Wildlife Gets a Boost

Dara Reid is saving the wildlife, one baby bird at a time. But that’s not all she saves—the director and founder of Weston’s Wildlife in Crisis and her volunteers respond to 10,000 calls about injured animalls.

The nonprofit wildlife preservation and animal conservation organization, which relies solely on donations, has been saving injured and abandoned owls, bald eagles, squirrels, turtles, fawns coyote pups and more since it began in 1989 when an anonymous benefactor donated a facility. The volunteers nurse the animals back to health and give them temporary homes until they are prepared to return to the wild.

"It is heartwarming to see these birds fly back into the wild, free where they belong," she said. "Of course, we worry about their well being, since we know all too well the obstacles they will encounter along the way."

To help preserve the animals' natural habitats and protect more from being injured, WIC created the Wildlife in Crisis Land Trust in 1995.

At a fundraiser on Aug. 29, the group plans to release two rehabilitated great horned owls and several birds into the wild.

"Release is bittersweet," said Reid. "Our goal at Wildlife in Crisis is to release all of the animals that are brought to us for rehabilitation once they have healed or matured."

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