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Scouts help wildlife rehabilitation center prepare for nature center expansion

HERRON, Mich.– Northeast Michigan scouts came together to help a wildlife rehabilitation center prepare for its nature center expansion.

Scout Troop 278 and Boy Scout Troop 78 showed up at the Nature’s Kingdom Wildlife Rehab Center Saturday to help owner and operator Michelle Sobek install her new perimeter fence. Sobek said the fence is the last requirement for an exhibitor’s license from the U.S.D.A.

Sobek has been working on expanding her wildlife rehabilitation operation into a public nature center for some time.

“It’s only going to be native Michigan wildlife here at the center,” said Sobek, “So you’re not gonna see any giraffes or anything like that. It’s just going to be native Michigan animals. This spring we’re looking to get two wolves, and a badger. Right now we have skunks, groundhogs, a porcupine, and foxes.”

Sobek plans to continue construction through the winter and open next spring or summer.

The Scouts dug holes for the posts and helped fasten the fencing, earning their Wildlife and Outdoor Conservation badges.