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Learn how Wings of Wonder and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians are teaming up to bring one of only eight aviary and rehabilitation centers in the country to Northern Michigan.

Wings of Wonder, a Leelanau County-based nonprofit, and the Little Traverse Bay Bands (LTBB) of Odawa Indians are working together to create the first Tribal Eagle Aviary and Rehabilitation Center east of the Mississippi River and one of only eight in the country. The Migizi Aviary will be located north of Harbor Springs on LTBB land. Rebecca Lessard, the now-retired founder of Wings of Wonder who spent 31 years nursing sick and injured raptors back to health at her Empire sanctuary, is providing hands-on rehab and training expertise to Doug Craven, the director of natural resources for LTBB, and his team. The rehab facility at the aviary will be named The Wings of Wonder Rehabilitation Center in her honor. The aviary will break ground once it’s secured the first $200,000 of the $600,000 budget.

How to Support Wings of Wonder

To learn more or donate to Wings of Wonder, visit the official website: wingsofwonder.org.

Artists for Wings of Wonder Community Fundraiser Event

Higher Art Gallery in Traverse City invites you for an evening of art, music, libations and cross-cultural experiences all in an effort to benefit the new Wings of Wonder Tribal Raptor Rehabilitation Center. More than a dozen artists, many of whom are Native American, have been invited to create raptor-themed art, which will be sold, and a percentage will be gifted to Wings of Wonder. The community fundraiser will take place on Friday, September 10. Tickets are $36 and available at MyNorthTickets.com (ticket proceeds will also benefit the rehabilitation center).

Wings of Wonder's Migizi Aviary
Wings of Wonder's Migizi Aviary
Wings of Wonder's Migizi Aviary

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