Rhinelander, WI (October 26, 2017) – Wild Instincts has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $1500 Green Gift from Cellcom to build a wildlife rehabilitation enclosure specifically for aquatic animals.
“Wild Instincts is the only wildlife hospital in Wisconsin licensed to treat all wildlife allowed to be rehabbed by law. As such, we get admissions and transfers from across the state. We have approximately 90 trained volunteer drivers that transport wildlife in need to our facility. Last year our drivers drove 19,214 miles enabling us to admit patients from 31 different counties across Wisconsin,” said Mark Naniot, Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation. “In the last five years our admissions have increased steadily. We need appropriate enclosures to fulfill our mission of returning each animal to the wild.”
The Green Gift from Cellcom will help build a new Versatube structure for a wildlife rehabilitation for aquatic animals such as small wading birds like bitterns and small herons, also for kingfisher, ducks, and even mammals such as mink. In Wisconsin, there are laws prohibiting un-permitted people from trying to care for wildlife in need. This protects the safety of both people and wild animals. The good news is that 70% of the animals brought to Wild Instincts are released back into the wild, well above the national average of 50%. Beyond their successful work rehabbing animals, Wild Instincts takes as many opportunities as possible to provide education.
“Every interaction with a person is an opportunity to educate that person on environmental stewardship and living in harmony with wildlife. Many times the connection they have to the particular animal they are reaching out to us about may be their first up-close and personal encounter with nature, whether it be a mouse or a bear, a hummingbird or an eagle,” said Naniot. “Wild Instincts has three wildlife ambassadors and presents programs to schools, camps and civic groups to reach an even broader audience as well. In the last three years we've presented to almost 7000 people. Our programs educate individuals what they can do to lessen injuries to wildlife and how to be good environmental stewards.”
Wild Instincts was among 33 green organizations that received a share of the $44,000 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.
“Our service area is fortunate to be teeming with non-profits that are creatively using their resources to help the environment though education and activism. Donating your phone allows us to contribute to their efforts through our Green Gifts program and ultimately work toward a greener tomorrow,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives at Cellcom.
Visit Cellcom’s website for the full list of winners. Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $310,975 for local charities over the past 14 years.
Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.