Delegate Kathy Szeliga Celebrates Grand Opening of Phoenix Wildlife Center
Delegate Kathy Szeliga today helped celebrate the grand opening of Phoenix Wildlife Center’s new location. She was joined by DNR Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr.
In operation for 18 years by Kathleen Woods, the Phoenix Wildlife Center takes care of injured and orphaned native Maryland wildlife; rehabilitating everything from bats to bald eagles. They offer services statewide and are licensed to accept not only bald eagles but other birds of prey. An important piece of the Center’s work is its educational programs in schools. Phoenix Wildlife Center is 100% volunteer-run.
“For almost two decades, Kathleen has dedicated her life to the rescue and rehabilitation of Maryland’s wildlife”, said Delegate Kathy Szeliga. “The work Kathleen and her volunteers do for these animals is fantastic. I cannot wait to see what they will be able to accomplish in this new facility. I am honored to join them to celebrate their achievement.”
“Delegate Szeliga was instrumental in assisting us secure this location”, said Ms. Woods. “We had identified the property in 2013, it was only two miles from our existing home-based operation. The state had rented it out for several years but it had not had tenants in some time and had fallen into disrepair. We had tried several times unsuccessfully to lease the property from the state. In 2016, Kathy Szeliga heard of our dilemma, and the next thing we knew, we were in front of Governor Hogan at a Board of Public Works Meeting”.
In 2016, the Center secured a lease from the State of Maryland for a parcel of property within Gunpowder Falls State Park. The Center has invested approximately $250,000 in rehabilitation and remodeling of the site’s buildings.