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Director

Medina Raptor Rehabilitation Center
 
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Wildlife Rehabilitation
www.akronaudubon.org, 31 Jan 2013 [cached]
Fran Kitchen, Director
Medina Raptor Rehabilitation Center
On the police's recommendation, Midnight ...
www.hudsonhubtimes.com, 7 Dec 2011 [cached]
On the police's recommendation, Midnight called Fran Kitchen of Kenmore in Akron.
Kitchen is the director of Operation Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation, a not-for-profit organization that rescues orphaned and injured animals and releases them back into the wild.
Kitchen said she is the only licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Summit, Portage and Wayne counties.
"She did a good job," said Midnight, who got his camera and took pictures of the hawk and Kitchen catching it.
"The amazing thing is he went through the window and he didn't have one mark, one scratch -- anything on him," said Kitchen. "He probably had a headache, but he was fine, so I took him outside and released him. She said the ordeal would have been more traumatic for the bird if she had taken him home with her.
Kitchen said the hawk was a juvenile, probably one that hatched this past spring. She said the hawk was sitting on the back of a chair at the table "like he was ready for a Thanksgiving turkey dinner."
She said that when she saw the bird sitting there, she told Midnight that he would probably fly when she got close to him.
"And sure enough he did," she said. "He flew up to the light hanging above the table."
To reach him, Kitchen, who has been rescuing animals for 48 years, kicked off her shoes and climbed up on one of the kitchen chairs. She said Midnight was worried she'd cut her feet on the broken glass, but she didn't want to get his chair dirty. Using gloved hands, she grabbed one of the bird's legs and pulled him down.
Kitchen said that before she moved the bird, she told Midnight to close off his dogs in another room so they wouldn't scare him. Once the dogs were out of the way, she took the hawk outside and released him.
"Animals are better off if they are released in the vicinity where they were found," she said.
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Kitchen said the hawk may have been trying to get at one of Midnight's cats, or maybe he was in pursuit of a smaller bird.
"They can't see the glass," she said, "and they will slam right into it."
Kitchen said she normally deals with a hawk breaking a window once a year. Last year, however, she had a record five related calls in one month.
When a hawk breaks through a window into a house, it will usually perch on something and not fly around the house unless something is trying to get at it or causing a disturbance. Kitchen speaks from nearly five decades of experience.
"No one in the state has rehabbed as many years as I have, and I am the only rehabilitator that's ever been inducted into the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Hall of Fame," she said. "That was pretty humbling. So I kiddingly tell my grandkids that Grammy hangs on the wall with the likes of Johnny Appleseed and Louis Bromfield."
She rehabilitates between 800 and 1,000 animals each year. Kitchen currently has a "boatload" of squirrels, an injured groundhog and several possums. She also has three "permanent" animals -- a great horned owl, a groundhog and a bobcat -- she is keeping because, for one reason or another, they wouldn't survive in the wild. She uses these three animals in her educational programs.
"Education is the key," Kitchen said.
Home Page
www.operationorphan.com, 3 Nov 2007 [cached]
Founder of Operation Orphan, Frances Kitchen, honored into the ODNR Hall of Fame! ... Click here to read more
Bird feeding?Click here for tips on responsible feeding!
If you're interested in having Mrs. Kitchen speak to your church, school, or organization you can contact her at: 330-745-2947
Fran Kitchen, founder of ...
www.akron.com [cached]
Fran Kitchen, founder of Operation Orphan Wildlife Rescue Inc., is shown above with a baby groundhog while visiting with Arrowhead Primary School students in Copley in 2007. Shown abelow are a great horned owl and a bobcat, both of which are scheduled to appear at Kitchen's spring wildlife event May 21 at Portage Lakes State Park.
Photos: Ken Crisafi/file photos WEST AKRON - Local wildlife rescuer Fran Kitchen and her nonprofit organization will be the recipient of funding through a grant bequeathed through a longtime West Akron civic organization.
The three remaining trustees for the Fairlawn Park Garden and Civic Center, which operated out of the one-room schoolhouse at the intersection of West Market Street and White Pond Drive from 1958 to 2002, decided to help Kitchen with the $5,500 remaining in its account.
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"She does really remarkable work," Deal said of Kitchen, who has become well known in the Akron area for her efforts to rescue wildlife and educate others about it.
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Riggs, who donates his services for Operation Orphan, said the money will go toward food and housing of animals that Kitchen tends.
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Kitchen, a Kenmore resident, said she was thrilled to be chosen as the recipient of the funding. She said she has worked to rehabilitate wildlife for 48 years and founded her organization in 1988, establishing it as a nonprofit in 1992.
She said she works with between 800 and 1,000 animals a year.
"The goal is to get them back where they belong," Kitchen said.
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Kitchen said the event usually is for donors to Operation Orphan only.
The event will take place May 21 at 3 p.m. in the Big Oak Pavilion at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road.
Kitchen said she usually tries to have some baby animals for the event, but it will depend on the weather.
"No matter what, I'll have my groundhog, bobcat and education owl, which is a great horned owl," she said. "If it's nice, I should have bunnies and squirrels. Right now I also have a baby weasel."
Kitchen said she also will accept donations at the event.
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Riggs added Kitchen will appear at Wild4Ever's Conservation Walk and Expo June 11 at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton from 9 a.m. to noon.
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For more information, contact Kitchen at 330-745-2947.
On the police's recommendation, Midnight ...
www.twinsburgbulletin.com, 24 Nov 2011 [cached]
On the police's recommendation, Midnight called Fran Kitchen of Kenmore in Akron. Kitchen is the director of Operation Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation, a not-for-profit organization that rescues orphaned and injured animals and releases them back into the wild. Kitchen said she is the only licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Summit, Portage and Wayne counties.
"She did a good job," said Midnight, who got his camera and took pictures of the hawk and Kitchen catching it.
"The amazing thing is he went through the window and he didn't have one mark, one scratch -- anything on him," said Kitchen. "He probably had a headache, but he was fine, so I took him outside and released him. She said the ordeal would have been more traumatic for the bird if she had taken him home with her.
Kitchen said the hawk was a juvenile, probably one that hatched this past spring. She said the hawk was sitting on the back of a chair at the table "like he was ready for a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. She said that when she saw the bird sitting there, she told Midnight that he would probably fly when she got close to him. "And sure enough he did," she said. "He flew up to the light hanging above the table."
To reach him, Kitchen, who has been rescuing animals for 48 years, kicked off her shoes and climbed up on one of the kitchen chairs. She said Midnight was worried she'd cut her feet on the broken glass, but she didn't want to get his chair dirty. Using gloved hands, she grabbed one of the bird's legs and pulled him down.
Kitchen said that before she moved the bird, she told Midnight to close off his dogs in another room so they wouldn't scare him. Once the dogs were out of the way, she took the hawk outside and released him. "Animals are better off if they are released in the vicinity where they were found," she said.
And with that, Midnight's evening caller flew away. "Wait until my insurance company hears about this one," he said.
SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE
Kitchen said the hawk may have been trying to get at one of Midnight's cats, or maybe he was in pursuit of a smaller bird. "They can't see the glass," she said, "and they will slam right into it. Or through it, in this case. Kitchen said she normally deals with a hawk breaking a window once a year. Last year, however, she had a record five related calls in one month.
When a hawk breaks through a window into a house, it will usually perch on something and not fly around the house unless something is trying to get at it or causing a disturbance. Kitchen speaks from nearly five decades of experience.
"No one in the state has rehabbed as many years as I have, and I am the only rehabilitator that's ever been inducted into the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Hall of Fame," she said. "That was pretty humbling. So I kiddingly tell my grandkids that Grammy hangs on the wall with the likes of Johnny Appleseed and Louis Bromfield."
She rehabilitates between 800 and 1,000 animals each year. Kitchen currently has a "boatload" of squirrels, an injured groundhog and several possums. She also has three "permanent" animals -- a great horned owl, a groundhog and a bobcat -- she is keeping because, for one reason or another, they wouldn't survive in the wild. She uses these three animals in her educational programs.
"Education is the key," Kitchen said.
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