Wisconsin Life # 909: Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center

December 22, 2022


We explore the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in Fredonia as they work to rescue and release animals back into the wild. Our Host Angela Fitzgerald talks with Jeannie Lord, executive director who founded the non-profit center in 1981. Angela also talks with Kristin Bustamante, the hospital manager, about their care of birds of prey, predatory mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

We then meet Amy Kerwin, founder and executive director of Primates Incorporated. Primates Incorporated is home to almost a dozen monkeys – some retired from pet trade, most from laboratories. Kerwin shares her experience with laboratory monkeys and how it drove her to start a retirement home for them.

A place of faith a fellowship follows as Brother Will Perry opens the doors to the Islamic Da’wah Center in Milwaukee. After retiring in 2006, Perry accepted an offer to become the Dawah Center’s Executive Director, and has left a legacy of service from a local food pantry to the the Ibrahim House, an apartment building that serves as a living space and reentry program for those leaving incarceration.

Leeah Justman and Jenna Riche share their experience with the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Dance Team. The sport was sidelined by the pandemic, but their team would regroup in 2021 and make a run at the national title. The completely brand new team would go further than ever before, and take first place in one of their categories.

We close out with the dazzling lights of Christmas with Collin O’Brien, a designer who has decorated the White House multiple times for Christmas. He shares the joys and challenges of being one of the designers in the White House, as well as the memories he has made along the way.


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