Blandford Nature Center’s Wildlife

Blandford is home to many animals with injuries too severe to be fully repaired. Unable to survive in the wild, these animals are provided with a long term home in our Wildlife Education Center. Several of our animals participate in educational programming as wildlife ambassadors that reaches thousands of students and families in West Michigan!

Wildlife Residents

Blandford’s permanent residents have all suffered from injuries or other situations that have made it impossible for them to survive in the wild.

They now reside at Blandford as wildlife ambassadors, helping to educate and allowing the public to get a close up view of animals that they normally would never see in the wild. Click below to learn more about all of our wildlife residents!


Wildlife Care Experiences

Wildlife Care Experiences is a fun-filled way to let your child explore the world of wildlife care hands-on!

Participants will get a chance to assist with the daily tasks of a wildlife technician here at Blandford.

Click below for more information on our WCE packages!

Native Wildlife Resources

Caring for different wildlife animals requires plenty of attention and care. There are several ways community members can help with taking care of the native animals that live right in your own backyard.

Click below for contact info for wildlife organizations, tips on caring for wildlife, and general facts about animals!

Support Our Wildlife

Due to our non-profit status, we receive no funding from the state or city.

Therefore, generous donations and passionate volunteers make it possible for Blandford to not only care for our wildlife residents, but enrich the lives of students and families who enjoy the presence of wildlife at Blandford!

Click below to find out the multiple ways you can support our wildlife ambassadors!


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?

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.

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.