Wildlife Rehabilitation

Since 1982, the Howell Nature Center is home to Michigan’s largest wildlife rehabilitation clinic – taking in approximately 4,000 wild animals per year from all over Michigan.

From orphaned baby squirrels to owls with fractured wings, we strive to provide quality care with the hopes of rehabilitation and release back to the wild. We are licensed through the USFWS, DNR and USDA. This vital community service is only possible through the compassion of those citizens who bring us wildlife in need and the generosity of our community which provides financial support.

Before bringing in any wildlife, please contact our helpline. Often, we can assist without you needing to bring in the animal. Our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and CLOSED on Mondays. The Wildlife Helpline is still available on Mondays.

Click here to learn what to do if you have found an animal.

Please do not email about wildlife emergencies. All wildlife concerns should be directed to our Wildlife Helpline at 517-548-5530.

Our Michigan Wildlife Needs Your Help

Autumn is a time of transition at the Howell Nature Center – with many spring wildlife babies preparing to graduate from the expert care of our Wildlife Clinic staff and being released back into the wild. But a new class of wild animals in need will soon arrive at our doors, many of which are juveniles struggling to survive as they separate from their parents and seek independence. Often they need to head “back to school” to gain a little extra knowledge and practice, with our Wildlife Clinic staff serving as educators.

Support our Wildlife

All of the wildlife patients Howell Nature Center receives each year are funded by the generosity of our community. These animals could not be helped without YOU. The animals, as well as us, thank you deeply for your continued support.