There’s no free lunch — at least not for the raptors at Woodcock Nature Center.
Until recently, the center’s injured, nonreleasable resident birds —Juliet the broad-winged hawk, Red the red-tailed hawk, Hooty the hoot owl, and Click and Clack the barred owls — feasted on a steady supply of donated frozen mice. Unfortunately, the center’s corporate sponsor unexpectedly discontinued its donation program.
This leaves the center with a large, unanticipated expense.
“Altogether, our birds eat close to 30 mice per day, at a cost of about $1 per mouse,” a note from the center says. “Over the course of a year, this results in nearly $11,000 of unexpected expense.”

The birds play an important role in helping all of Woodcock’s visitors reconnect with nature, and now the center is seeking some help for them in the form of donations to help defray the cost of feeding.
To donate, click here.
Woodcock Nature Center is at 56 Deer Run Road, off Nod Hill road. It comprises 130 acres and offers more than two miles of trails and a swamp boardwalk. There are frequent events for youngsters and families, including guided evening hikes, summer camps, crafts projects and wildlife demonstrations. A building, which houses exhibits, live animals and a gift shop is available for nature-themed birthday parties and special events.
The nature center building is open weekdays from 9:30 to 4; grounds and hiking trails are open dawn to dusk daily. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash.
Information: 203-762-7280 or woodcocknaturecenter.org.