I had the great experience of visiting the TreeHouse Wildlife Center in Dow, Illinois this past weekend. A high school classmate of mine, Libby Nickols McGinley works and volunteers there. The TreeHouse was officially started in 1980 with a permanent resident Great Horned Owl named 'Moose'. From there they have grown to their present location on 8 acres that include a hospital, eagle flight cage and many holding cages for wildlife all kinds as they recuperate from injuries to be re-released into the wild. I was given the opportunity to get in close to some o these magnificent birds to take photo's that I will use as reference to create some woodcarvings and paintings from. Thank you to Eric Bloemaker and staff for allowing m to have that opportunity. And again a special thanks to Libby! My old LHS buddy Gary Schafer and wife Janet met us down there so my wife Sandi and I had a great time setting around Saturday evening with Libby, Gary and Janet just talking about the 'old days' in Lincoln, Illinois. The nest morning Libby and her mom cooked breakfast for us and we had another great time! If you get a chance check out the TreeHouse Facebook site, stop by and visit them if you are down that way and if you are looking to donate $$$$ some or your time, they can put it to good use helping the wildlife. It is a wonderful cause and place.