metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha
noshing in the Campagna household can get a little dicey. Groggy sleepwalkers can’t just grab the first thing they see when the refrigerator light springs to life during a late-night raid.
The milk in those odd containers? That’s baby formula for Amy Campagna’s orphaned ground squirrels. Those bite-sized delicacies in the zip-lock bags? Mice for feeding a brilliantly-hued snake that shares a home with the family that lives on property situated among the rolling hills southeast of Blair. “I do have some interesting things in my fridge,” said Campagna with a wink. She’s just one of a small army of wildlife rehabilitators who volunteer with NEBRASKA WILDLIFE REHAB, INC. The non-profit that came into being in 1998 when a cadre of volunteers with extensive experience in rehabilitation launched a new entity to nurse our winged, slithering and furry friends back to good health. NEW HOME, SAME MISSION
Now for the first time, the homebased project that has had all manner of fauna being nursed in volunteers’ basements, sheds and barns has a home of its own. A historic 1929 building, one that was until 2009 the stately administrative offices of the Ash Grove Cement Company in Louisville, has been made available to the organization under an arrangement that carries the princely sum of $10 for an annual lease. “The great people at Ash Grove have been our friends for some time now,” explained Laura Stastny. Now operations chair of Nebraska Wildlife continued
all creatures great and small NEBRASKA
wildlife rehab STORY BY DAVID WILLIAMS | PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF NEBRASKA WILDLIFE REHAB
metroMAGAZINE • JUL 2011