Babies go wild for wildlife center

SYCAMORE – Sixty baby raccoons, 200-plus baby birds, bunnies by the dozens, squirrels driving you nuts – that’s just a typical spring at Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in rural Sycamore.

To defray the cost of some new cages and “sprucing things up for the upcoming orphan season,” founder and president Kathy Stelford said the center will host a special event at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore.

Babies Gone Wild will be on Saturday, March 2 to raise funds and make sure that guests understand the entirety of the work and services that Oaken Acres offers.

“Join us to get a behind-the-scenes look at Oaken Acres operations, celebrate the wonderful moments, and get a peek at what is to come. 2013 is shaping up to be another great year at the center and this is a great opportunity to join in the activity,” said director of operations Christy Gerbitz.

The event will feature silent and live auctions of such items as Chicago sports tickets, a Florida resort vacation, an iPad and a Kindle Fire, jewelry and wildlife items. The event will feature a margarita fountain, appetizers and snacks.

“It is a great opportunity for the community to get to know Oaken Acres,” event coordinator Lisa Gurman said.

Babies Gone Wild

6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 2

Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased by Feb. 15. They can be ordered by phone at 815-762-3532, by email at, online at (specify “TICKETS” on Review page) or by mailing a check to 119 E. Alden Place, DeKalb, IL 60115.

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