Welcome to Blandford Nature Center’s Wildlife!

At Blandford Nature Center, we have several animals with injuries too severe to be fully repaired. Unable to survive in the wild, a special few of these animals are provided with a long term home in our Wildlife Education Center. Many of these animals participate in educational programming that reaches thousands of students.

Blandford Nature Center is no longer accepting wildlife in need of rehab.

See our FAQ section below for further details on why we no longer rehab and where you can take injured wildlife now.

WEC Landing Page

BNC Residents

Blandford is home to many animals that were injured and are unable to be released back into the wild. Click the link above to check out the animals that call Blandford home.

Our wildlife require a lot of care and attention. Click above to find out one of the many ways that you can help our wildlife.

Our wildlife require a lot of care and attention. Find out a way that you can help our wildlife.

We currently have a variety of programs involving our resident wildlife.

The Wildlife Care Experience is a fun-filled present that allows your child to explore the world of wildlife care! This is perfect for birthdays, holidays and just-because rewards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring an injured wild animal to Blandford for rehab?

Since the fall 2013, we no longer accept injured wild animals in need of rehab. To read more about our tough decision, click here.

Where can I take injured wildlife in need of rehab?

The two main rehabbers in the Grand Rapids area are:

  • Peg Markle of Wildlife Rehab Center LTD   {616-361-6109}
  • Sjana Gordon of Michigan Wildlife Center   {616-885-4223} (the only rehabber in Kent County that takes in raccoons)

List of other Licensed Michigan Wildlife Rehabbers.

It is illegal to rehab skunks and bats in Michigan, so there are no wildlife rehabilitators that can take them in.

Click here if you want to get involved in a wildlife rehab class?

I have an animal/pest causing problems to my property...can I trap it and drop it off at Blandford?

Please DO NOT drop off any animals on Blandford property. Doing so would cause many problems for the wildlife at Blandford. We only have property to support a specific amount of animals. Dropping off any additional wildlife or animals could disrupt Blandford’s ecology or cause territory issues between wildlife.

If you are experiencing any problems with wild animals on your personal property please contact any of the wildlife control services found on our Wildlife Resources page.

What should I do if I find an abandoned baby animal?

Many of the baby animals found don’t need our help and bringing them to a wildlife rehabber without previous permission greatly decreases their chance of survival. Click here for more information on what to do if you find a baby animal.

Unless you are a licensed rehabber, please do not try to raise wild baby animals! It is illegal to possess a wild animal without the proper permits. Raising wildlife is bad for many reasons:

  • Wild animals carry diseases that can be passed onto humans.
  • Wild animals can be imprinted onto humans, losing their fear and decreasing their chances of survival in the wild, and increasing their chances of attacking people.
  • Specific diets and housing needs are necessary for animals that many people are not aware of, which can disfigure or kill these animals.
  • If you do want a pet rabbit, turtle, etc., please go to your local pet store or animal shelter only after researching how to properly care for these animals.