About Us

Nature's Kingdom is a licensed 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat.  We are licensed to rehabilitate mammals and we are in the process of obtaining our certification for rehabilitating local and federally protected birds.  Our facility is located in Herron, Michigan.  Nature's Kingdom Wildlife Rehab is the only wildlife rehabilitation facility in Northeast Michigan.

Nature's Kingdom works with the local Department of Natural Resources and Sunrise Veterinary Clinic in the capture, care, and release of our wildlife patients.  In the future, we hope to visit local schools, and host seminars to educate and inspire the public to conserve and protect Michigan's native wildlife.  Most recently we have partnered with the River Center to create a new and innovative nature center at Duck Park on the Thunder Bay River.  Nature's Kingdom will have a baby animal nursery integrated with the center in order to educate and inspire visitors to conserve and protect our native wildlife.

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Meet the Nature's Kingdom Staff:

Michelle Sobek– Is the owner of Muddy Paws Boarding and Grooming in Alpena. She is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, caring for the animals in Herron, MI and the spark that got our organization off the ground.

Mike Sobek -- Is the muscle of our organization. He designed and built our facility in Herron, MI. As a board member, he is invaluable to our organization.


  Kathy Crandell- Licensed subpermittee for the organization.  Raccoon specialist. Has worked with animals her whole life . She takes a majority of neonatal orphaned raccoons and expertly rehabilitates them.