MADISON WILDLIFE CENTER TO ADD EDUCATION BUILDING

by Christian Mower on February 16, 2012

THE ELAINE CONNERS CENTER FOR WILDLIFE IN MADISON WANTED TO DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE AND BIG FOR ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY.

SO IT’S WORKING ON A PLAN WITH TOWN OFFICIALS IN MADISON TO ADD A ONE STORY CONFERENCE CENTER TO ITS 200-ACRE CAMPUS OFF PINE HILL.

EXEC. DIRECTOR AND LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR CATHIE GREGG – WHO HAS RUN THE FACILITY SINCE IT STARTED ON SILVER LAKE IN THE FALL OF 1991 – SAYS THE NEW 28 BY 48 FOOT BUILDING WILL ACCOMMODATE SMALL GROUPS, FACILITATE TRAINING – AND SERVE AS A MEETING PLACE.

GREGG SAYS IT’S ALWAYS BEEN PART OF THE CENTER’S MISSION TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT ITS WORK, BUT UP UNTIL NOW THAT WORK HAS BEEN DONE OFF-SITE. SHE SAYS ADDING A BUILDING WILL PUT A ROOF ON THE CENTER’S EDUCATION OUTREACH.

NAMED IN MEMORY OF THE LATE ELAINE CONNERS – AN ANIMAL ADVOCATE WHO LIVED IN MADISON – THE WILDLIFE CENTER IS A NON- PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES A SAFE HAVEN FOR MORE THAN 600 INJURED AND FRAGILE ANIMALS EACH YEAR, INCLUDING BABY BIRDS, SQUIRRELS, RAPTORS AND ORPHANED FAWNS.

GREGG SAYS THE MADISON ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED THE PLAN FOR THE NEW BUILDING WEDNESDAY NIGHT – AND THE PLAN WILL GO BACK TO THE PLANNING BOARD TO FINISH UP MARCH 7TH.

EXPECTED TO BE BUILT AND FINISHED IN THE FALL OF 2012 – THE NEW BUILDING WILL BE PARTIALLY FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM THE NEW HAMPSHIRE BASED BUTLER FOUNDATION AND PRIVATE DONORS – BUT GREGG SAYS MORE MONEY IS STILL NEEDED FOR THE PROJECT.

THE HANDICAPPED ACCESSSIBLE BUILDING WILL FEATURE A CONFERENCE ROOM, MEETING ROOM, LIBRARY, OFFICES, FULL BASEMENT AND A RESTROOM. AND IT WILL HAVE SPACE FOR A COUPLE OF FEATHERED AMBASSADORS – TWO HAWKS THAT CAN’T BE RELEASED BACK INTO THE WILD.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CENTER AT (603) 367-9453.