Wildlife, Inc. – Animal Rescue Anna Maria Island

Ed Straight with scorned owl
Ed Straight with scorned owl

This animal rescue Anna Maria Island is small but the tireless dedication of Gail and Ed Straight is huge.

The Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center is a nonprofit organization for the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife located in Bradenton Beach.

 

Animal Rescue Anna Maria Island

Since 1988 they have cared for thousands of animals every year. 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. They also supply medicine, food and surgeries for injured or orphaned animals until they can be released to the wild. Their mission is supported by an all-volunteer staff. During the course of a week 10-15 volunteers are helping to achieve this goal alongside the two primary operators Ed & Gail Straight.

All funding comes from donations and occasional grants. Springtime is usually the busiest for them, but they are always in need of supplies and funding. The next big fund raiser for Wildlife, Inc is the upcoming 14th Annual Blood Drive on Saturday, June 7 and 8, 2014 at 9 am – 4 pm, Saint Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach. Please visit this link to stay informed about the organization’s activities.

If you find an animal in distress or like to get involved please call the center at 941-778-6324

 

Donate Blood And Raise Money To Save Area Wildlife

Wildlife, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of injured, and orphaned wildlife so they can return to the wild.  Wildlife Inc. runs completely on donations, their biggest fundraiser every year is the Island Blood Drive.

This weekend you will have your chance to help our community, you can provide much needed blood, and help Wildlife Inc. to fulfill their mission at the same time by donating blood in the name of Wildlife Inc. The Anna Maria Island Blood Drive will be held Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th at St. Bernard’s Church located at 5408 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL, 34217.  The Blood Drive is from 9am – 4pm both days, and will raise money for local non-profit organizations. Continue reading Donate Blood And Raise Money To Save Area Wildlife

June Events On Anna Maria Island

Ongoing Events This June

Wednesday’s

Free Concert with Mike Sales

2 hours before sunset at Katie Pierola Park, Anna Maria Island trolley stop #27 in Bradenton Beach

Bring a picnic and beverages of your choice (alcohol is permitted on the beach for this weekly event) and enjoy the sunset as Mike Sales sings. 

Wednesday’s & Saturdays

Horse Shoe’s at Anna Maria City Hall

9 a.m. Anna Maria City Hall

Players toss horse shoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall

Friday’s

Sunset Drum circle

Manatee Public Beach

7 p.m. – sunset join in the drum circle at Manatee Public Beach

Other Events This June

Friday June 3rd

Anna Maria Seniors Adventure Group

Annie Silver Community Center

102 23rd Ave Bradenton Beach

Call Pat for schedule 941-962-8835

Saturday June 4th

Afternoon Silence Stroll through the mangrove system

Robison Preserve

99th Street NW & 17th Street NW Bradenton

Call for reservations 941-748-4501 ext. 4605

Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th              

Island Blood Drive

St. Bernard’s Church
5408 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL, 34217

Donate blood this weekend for the Island Blood Drive, which raises money for local non-profits.  A private donor will contribute $100.00 to for each person who donates a pint of blood in the name of Wildlife, Inc., AMI Community Center, AMI Privateers, or the AMI Rotary.

Friday June 10th

Anna Maria Seniors Adventure Group

Annie Silver Community Center

102 23rd Ave Bradenton Beach

Call Pat for schedule 941-962-8835

Saturday June 11th

Naturalist-led 60 minute wagon tours

Robison Preserve

99th Street NW & 17th Street NW Bradenton

Call for reservations 941-748-4501 ext. 4605

Thursday June 16th

Summer Program for kids

Island Community Center 407 Magnolia Ave Anna Maria

Music by Jose Olarte

Starts at 10:30am

Friday June 17th

Anna Maria Seniors Adventure Group

Annie Silver Community Center

102 23rd Ave Bradenton Beach

Call Pat for schedule 941-962-8835

WILDLIFE, INC. EDUCATION & REHABILITATION CENTER ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

I started my morning with Melinda Bordes at Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island.  Wildlife, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, so they can return to the wild.  Melinda Bordes is a hard working realtor here at Island Real Estate, and gives back to the community by volunteering at Wildlife Inc.

Continue reading WILDLIFE, INC. EDUCATION & REHABILITATION CENTER ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

SOS – Ducklings saved thanks to Wildlife, Inc on Anna Maria Island

Spending a day on our beautiful beaches on Anna Maria Island is usually very relaxing. Not so much recently when my family and I were witnesses to a “dramatic” event! Four ducklings who had obviously lost their mother were waddling along the beach when 2 crows came swooping by and grabbed a duckling each. We immediately jumped into action and caught the remaining two ducklings and brought them home in our beach bag. First we were not quite sure what to do until Melinda Bordes from the Island Real Estate Team gave us the tip to drop them off at Wildlife, Inc. This is a rehabilitation center on Anna Maria Island for injured or orphaned animals. Gail and Ed Straight run this remarkable non-profit facility right here in Bradenton Beach and are handling between 3000 and 4000 cases annually.

When we dropped our ducklings off Ed just added them to the approximate 20 others that were already there. This was by the way the only chance to survive for our ducklings. They were only a week old and needed other little guys like them to learn gender appropriate behavior. Once they are about 2 months old they will be released into the wild in Duette in Eastern Manatee County.
Being at the rehabilitation Center for the first time Ed was gracious enough to give us a guided tour. They had 200 animals to take care of at the time. We saw all kinds of birds like owls, pelican, seagull, vulture and a parrot named Houdini. He knows 200 sentences (but not all G-rated….). Other animals like racoons, oppossums and armadillo were also guests of Gail and Ed Straight. We happened to be there at feeding time and volunteers arrived to lend a helping hand. The center relies on those dedicated workers since its doors are open 24/7 and it does not receive any government support. The center is financed by donations, educational programs and a yearly blood drive where your blood donation can earn up to $ 100 for the charity of your choice.

Wildlife Inc
Wildlife Inc of Anna Maria Island

Contact Information:
Wildlife, Inc
Education & Rehabilitation Center
www.wildlifeinc.org
Phone 941 – 778 6324

For other information about nature and wildlife on Anna Maria Island visit our Island Real Estate blog and enter “nature” as your search word.