Owl's Nest Flight Enclosures

$8,675 of $145,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 38 months
Ria Warner
on behalf of Kris Curcio-Porter
Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife is a state and federally permitted wildlife rehabilitation organization serving the Tampa Bay area and working to rescue, rehabilitate and when possible release native Florida wildlife.
In January 2016 we celebrated our first year and spent time reflected on how we could better serve our area. We had handled over 1,000 wildlife cases in 2015 but 20% of those cases had to be transferred to other organizations throughout Florida because we did not have enclosures for flight conditioning. The process of transferring animals back and forth is not only difficult on our limited volunteers; it can also be stressful for the animals. We decided that our major goal for 2016 would be to build our very own set of enclosures that could be used for a variety of species and allow for flight conditioning when needed.

Our team spent time designing enclosures that would benefit most of the species we work with and set out to find the perfect piece of land to acquire. We knew that acquiring land could take months but on March 17th we were blessed with a gift of land in that backs up to a nature preserve.

Now we are in the next phase of our plan. We must secure the necessary funds in order to purchase the required materials and build our enclosures. We are estimating that in order to purchase the proper durable materials and install them so that they are strong enough to last through a hurricane, we are going to need roughly $100,000.  We are in the process of securing funds through a variety of fundraisers, grants, and donor gifts. This page will be used to share our progress and allow donors to make donations that will be used specifically for the construction of our enclosures. Any funds we raise over the needed amount will be rolled over to help cover the costs of our animal treatment and care.

As a reminder Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife is a registered non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductable.
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Almost a year ago we announced that we were offered a piece of property to built a rehabilitation flight facility. We knew as we started this project we would be faced with many challenges. The first major hurdle was the location of the land that was donated. This piece of property required that we build a bridge over a lake in order to access it. Building the bridge was going to be an incredibly expensive endeavor and that was only one of many concerns we had with the land. Thankfully when we made the initial announcement a long time friends of the Porter family and local business owners, Glenn and Anne Winograd of West Coast Morgans, came to us and offered a back up property. After careful consideration and weighing our options we decided to accept the offer to move the project to this new property at West Coast Morgans. Even without a bridge this property too came with some natural hurdles. Now several months later we are ready to begin breaking ground. We are beyond thrilled to be starting a beautiful partnership but still have a lot of work ahead of us in getting this project complete.

Our next step is to literally break ground! In order to make space for our flight conditioning habitats we need to move a fence and irrigation system for one of the current horse rings. The maintenance team has provided us with a list of required supplies and agreed to let us donate some sweat and muscle to reduce the labor cost. Our team will need to dig trenches in order to reroute the current system. In the meantime we will work with an architect and U.S. Fish and Game to finalize the structure designs and continue to fundraise. Later this week we will be posting even more information about what is to come in 2017 for Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife as well as our full wish list. Our estimated cost for this project is roughly $145,000. We have been fortunate to receive gifts and grants from a few of our current conservation partners (SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, Denver Aquarium, and Blue Pearl Veterinary Services) to get this project started but we are still $136,400 shy of what we need to Take Flight. We ask that you consider making a personal donation or becoming a corporate sponsor in order to help us continue saving wild lives.

You can follow our progress throughout this project including our fundraising goal here on the Taking Flight GoFundMe Page.

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As we are quickly coming into spring we will be seeing more and more babies. These babies need a flight facility so that they can practice their skills before release. Since we do not have a place of our own yet we had to transfer this adorable owl to another facility. Once our site is built we will be able to better manage our animals so that they are able to be released in their home area quickly!
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There are no words to express the amount of love and support that Denver Aquarium and the Curator staff has provided by making US the philanthropy for their Otter Education. It is amazing to me how one little Otter.."Oliver/Olive" has made in Owls Nest and our life! Thank you for the outstanding donation to us..it has gone to the building of the cages the architect/builder is drawing up now!
We will be forever grateful and we will forever love our little otter that has affected your staff and park!
Thank you so very much from the bottom of our heart!
'Olive'r before the move to Denver
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Our initial proposal was written in order to gain land. Since we now have not one by two pieces of land being offered it has been updated to be shared with other interested donors. If you would like a copy of the proposal to review or share we will gladly send it to you!
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$8,675 of $145,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 38 months
Created April 3, 2016
Ria Warner
on behalf of Kris Curcio-Porter
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Katie sheffield
27 months ago

What a great organization!!! Good luck.

john zdanowicz
27 months ago
Blue Pearl Veterinary Services
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