As many of you know, Chintimini Wildlife Center was born out of humble beginnings. The story, so I'm told, starts with a couple of orphaned Barn Owls in need of care who found their way to Jeff Picton - a man just wild enough to try to help.
He quickly learned that our town of Corvallis didn't have a wildlife rehabilitation center, but he figured he could learn. As time went on, the operation grew - and what was once a demanding hobby run out of a rented barn is now a thriving 10-acre wildlife rehabilitation and education facility. We employ 10 staff members and benefit from over 120 volunteers donating around 20,000 hours of their time each year. Our wildlife hospital will treat a record-breaking 2,000+ injured and orphaned wild animals this year. Our education program houses 15 Avian Ambassadors representing over a dozen native species. And through our educational tours and presentations we are able to connect thousands of eager learners of all ages with the wonders of wildlife.
All of this, built from one person willing to say, "Yes."
But our story is about more than one person, isn't it? We have a few photo albums in the office that I like to look through from time to time. They contain records of nearly every news article or advice column that featured us over the years. Looking back at these records, one thing is clear: the strength of Chintimini Wildlife Center lies in this amazing community we've managed to build. Indeed, we have so many people to thank.
Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for listening in earnest to the stories we share. And, most importantly, thank you for saying, "Yes," when the wildlife we serve need our help. Your partnership is invaluable, and our shared results are proof of what an enormous impact we can have when we stand together to take action on the things we care about.
You are an important piece of what makes this place great and have contributed to 30 years of sustainable growth. Together, we've touched tens of thousands of lives - both human and animal - and we can't wait to see what the next 30 years might bring.
Chintimini Wildlife Center