Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research in Newark has begun construction on its Wildlife Response Annex. The state-of-the-art facility will provide a dedicated space for the nonprofit organization to effectively treat wildlife following oil spills and other large-scale incidents. It will offer a space for training responders, veterinarians, agency and industry colleagues, and other wildlife partners.
The new annex, which was designed by Staikos Associates Architects, will harmonize with the existing Frink Center for Wildlife and with its natural surroundings. To help conserve resources, plans include a gray water system, and a solar power array will be added shortly after construction is completed. The facility will also include a pathology lab, examination room, intensive care unit, and 1,200 square feet for washing, rinsing, and drying oiled wildlife.
“We are thrilled to see our plans becoming a reality,” said Lisa Smith, Tri-State’s executive director. “We received over 200 oiled animals for care after Hurricane Sandy last year, which just underscored the need for us to expand into this facility.”
In addition to raising funds for new construction, the organization aims to increase its endowment. The comprehensive goal of the Spreading Our Wings Capital Campaign is $5 million. To support this campaign and view construction photos, visit www.tristatebird.org.
Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is an internationally recognized, licensed, nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization that cares for nearly 3,000 injured, orphaned, and oiled native wild birds each year ranging from hummingbirds to eagles. For more information, go to www.tristatebird.org.