Build It Beaver Update September 2017

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Wow, it has been over a year since we started the campaign and we are happy to say that even though we are not close to our goal, we have started The “Paddle Brook Beaver Habitat.” The habitat has been names after our beloved paddle Brook beaver that was with us for 13 years. he has now passed, but this beaver habitat is being built in his memory to house, rehabilitate and finally prepare for release North American Beavers.
Our plans are:
– A shed that has arrived to hold wood, beaver wood chip bedding and the pumps, filters, electrical connections, etc. It is 10 x 20 and has plenty of room in it. Darlene built 2 lofts also to hold the supplies more efficiently.
-A pond that will be 18 x 12 x4 with a 2 foot high waterfall that will run 24 hours per day.
-The habitat will have buried chain link fencing donated by DeWitt Fence to keep the beavers from digging out.
-The whole area will then be covered again in dirt so natural grasses, weeds, etc. will grow for the beavers to eat.
-The beaver lodge consists of a galvanized steel arch structure, called a Porta-a-Hut, that will be covered with dirt and grass to help insulate it from the cold.
-2 smaller pens, 10 x 15 will be built within the habitat to hold other beavers that are in rehabilitation.

This cost of the habitat has been closer to $60,000, however we are still hoping to raise extra funds to help with the electric costs and the ongoing maintenance of the habitat.

The beavers consume about $100.00 of greens and root veggies (dandelion leaves, leaf lettuce, collard, beet leaves , spinach, swiss chard, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, spinach and celery per week. So extra funds will also help us with that cost.

Molly and Patrick are just over a year now and about 50 pounds each. They are anxious to have the habitat completed, hopefully by early October.

Bella, the baby beaver we received in late May is now is almost 16 weeks old, weighs 10 pounds and is anxious to take over Molly and Patrick’s large cage as she is being housed in a play pen currently.

All the beavers are doing exceptionally well thanks to all of the knowledge we received at the 2 conferences my mom and I attended and all of the research we found about beavers on the internet, and the assistance of other rehabbers around the country that rehab beavers.


Spring 2017

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This young beaver was caught in a leg hold snare trap and left to die a slow, painful death.  Stephanie was jogging by and could see he was in pain and not able to free himself.  So she called WILDSIDE.  A nearby land owner and a DNR Conservation Officer managed to cut him free but he had to be transported with the trap still on his foot to us.  With your donations, this young beaver will make a full recovery after having had x-rays and wound care that was quite extensive due to the trap injuries.  

As we begin yet another spring at Wildside, it is important to remember about all of the baby animals you may come into contact with that may or may not need your help!  Some general recommendations are below, but see Wildlife Emergencies fore more information!

  • Call WILDSIDE for assistance at 517-663-6153.
  • Use a heating pad on low under the box you have contained the mammal in.
  • You can pour rice into a sock and tie off the sock. Heat that in the microwave for a minute and a half.
  • You can put hot water into a soda pop or water bottle in a sock. CHECK often as the water cools quickly.  Most mammals’ body temperatures are warmer than ours (about 102 degrees)
  • It is important that the baby be able to move away from the heat source.
  • For smaller mammal species, a secure box small or a smaller cat carrier will do with a small box inside it.
  • For larger mammal species, use a larger box or pet carrier with t-shirts on the bottom. Put air holes in the box before you put the baby inside.
  • Place the container in a room away from all household activity (pets, children, etc.).
  • Prevent the possible transmission of parasites or disease by not letting children handle wild animals or letting them near pets.
  • Do not forget to continue to provide supplemental heat during transport to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Do not try to feed any animal you find.  There are special formulas made specifically for wild animals.  Human baby milk, or cow’s milk can kill a wild animal.

For injured animals, a box or carrier in a quiet place is best until the animal can be transported to WILDSIDE.  This injured Snowy Owl was hit by a semi near Grand Rapids.  She has a fractured wing that will hopefully heal well so that she can be released.

Please remember the following as we head into spring:


DO provide supplemental warmth as explained.

Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator: WILDSIDE Rehabilitation Center,  517-663-6153, Eaton Rapids.

Wildlife parents DO NOT abandon babies that have been handled by humans.   They just lick off our scent.

Transport all orphaned, injured or ill mammals to a rehabilitator as soon as possible.

Build It Beaver Update November 25, 2016

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The baby beavers have GROWN!  Both Patrick and Molly weigh almost 25 pounds each now.  They spent the summer and fall in their outdoor pool, in the tub in the clinic and in their cage.  Now for the winter, we will be forced to give up any pool time as we have no way to keep the water clean and ice free.  They are 6 months old now and are amazing creatures!  We are blessed to share their lives with them!

BuildItBeaver Update September 18, 2016

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Molly now weighs 10 pounds and Patrick weighs 15 pounds.  They eat a variety of vegetables including dandelion greens, beets, carrots, sweet potato, leaf lettuce, swiss chard, kale, spinach, as well as apple leaves and branches and their favorite, willow leaves and branches.img_1105


BuildItBeaver Update August 15, 2016

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Patrick and Molly are quickly outgrowing their bathtub, so we purchased a used pool…they LOVE it!  It gives them space to swim, dive and play!  Soon the pool will be too small and we won’t be able to use it for the winter.  Please support our #BuildItBeaver campaign to raise funds for a beaver facility that will allow us to rehabilitate nature’s amazing engineers..the North American Beaver!

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#BuiltItBeaver: Patrick’s Story

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Patrick came to WILDSIDE on June 3rd after being rescued in Niles, MI by a nice couple who found him on the side of the road.  No beaver lodges in site, Nick, the rescuer, took the beaver home and started to research how to care for a baby North American Beaver.  He spent Memorial Day weekend caring for him and called WILDSIDE  on Tuesday looking for help.  Nick brought Patrick to us, along with a stuffed animal walrus that Patrick still loves and nuzzles with today!imageimageimage


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Hello everyone, thanks for visiting!  WILDSIDE has had the amazing opportunity of rehabilitating beavers in the past and we have learned a lot!  After one attempt a few years ago at building an enclosure, we realize that rehabilitating beavers will take a specialized facility, none of which exists in Michigan, so the fundraising campaign #BuildItBeaver has been launched!!

Please visit: www.gofundme/builditbeaver  for more information.

Above, is a picture of our 2nd baby beaver  taken by her rescuer, Jennifer, in Presque Isle county.  Cold, wet and alone, this young beaver had survived a storm and had washed up on shore.  Jennifer looked for a beaver lodge and finding none, she called for help.   I received the call from Jennifer late one Saturday evening.  We met the next morning. Jennifer had done a great job of keeping the baby warm and comfortable over night.  Here are some pictures of Molly and her new friend Patrick (our first baby beaver..his story next time!).IMG_0725



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