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PROJECTS PAST AND PRESENT 




This page was last updated: July 21, 2016
 We are currently fundraising to build a new rustic-style visitor center, with public restrooms (indoor plumbing instead of portable toilets), a conference room, and visitor area. Our current building is very small (15x24 feet) and crowded, and we are in dire need of more space. The project is estimated at over $100,000. We are hoping we can achieve our goal within the next 5 to 10 years. To raise funds throughout the years we will hold events, such as our recent silent auction.

We would appreciate any help that you would be able to contribute to a cause that would not only benefit our current visitors, but all the future generations who visit Webster Pond.  
Friends of WildLife, a non-profit organization, was formed to improve Webster Pond to include maintenance, events and fund-raising . All proceeds are donations to benefit Webster Duck Pond .

Our first major project was to renovate the back trails around the pond making them handicap accessible. Many more updates to come, Click the categories to the left to find out what’s new and how you can help.

Est: June 2014 
 By: Chad Norton and Friends 


A word from the President...

My name is Chad Norton. I am 29 years old, and have been wheelchair-bound with Cerebral Palsy since I was born.
It has always been my hope to someday start my own busines or organization to better the mobility and enhance life for the disabled. 
That dream was revisited when my friends Caroline West and Mike Riley mentioned starting a non-profit organization.

I have always wanted to have the back trails at Webster  Pond to be handicap accessible. It was brought up several times to the Anglers Association of Onondage, the caretakers of Webster Pond.
 I saw this as a the perfect oppertunity to start my dream.

Thus, Friends of Wildlife  or FOWL for short, was born. Being a 501C-3 non-profit corporation will allow us to apply for grants and other financial aid. This opens countless doors with many new oppertunities  Thank you for all the support, past present and future 

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DONATE TODAY COVANTA ONONDAGA, CONFIRMS THEY WILL MATCH ANY DONATIONS GIVEN TO OUR NON-PROFIT GROUP FRIENDS OF WILDLIFE AT WEBSTER POND TO BUILD A VISITORS CENTER

Covanta of Onondaga the corporate sponsor for Friends of Wildlife has been a big supporter since their initial donation of $2300 for the bridge renovation that lunched the back trail project, Again thanks to Mike Riley for making the connections, and management for supporting our new endeavors.

Covanta 'support continues bigger and better than ever. All donations given to Friends Of Wildlife will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 a year. in effort to raise funds for a new visitors center with indoor restrooms. To date, they have matched just over $3960.00, almost there, lets MAX it!! Covanta’s support is greatly appreciated and yours will be too. Help us reach our maximum amount of $5,000 before the end of the year. All donations will be tax deductible and most appreciated.began matching any donation from individuals and businesses 

Thank you to Covanta Energy management for making this possible, to learn more about Covanta click the logo below, they turn everyday trash into energy, to take a virtual plant tour to watch the recycling process, click the photo below

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has matched $5000 
MAX FOR THE YEAR
NEW ADDITION- COMING SOON
The Friends group voted to build a bus stop type shelter on the trail to accommodate visitors in case of inclement weather. The design has been chosen and the plans have been forwarded to the boy scout board for approval.  the Arise foundation funded the entire project valued at $1500. Construction is expected to start in June. The project will be completed by a local boy scout troop for an eagle project. Thanks Arise for your continued support