Katie Deline-Ray can’t tell you the number of “nests” she’s knitted or crocheted over the years, but she’s sure it’s a lot. “I stopped counting after the first couple hundred I made,” she told the Huffington Post last week. Deline-Ray is the founder Wildlife Rescue Nests, an Ontario-based nonprofit that collects handcrafted lairs on behalf of more than 60 wildlife-rescue groups across Australia, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Cozier than the cardboard boxes shelters typically use to house sick, injured, or abandoned baby animals, the nests have accommodated everything from bats to bluejays. They’ve even coddled a tiny mink or two.

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In the two years since she began, Deline-Ray has recruited a global contingent of about 250 volunteer knitters and crocheters. Wildlife Rescue Nests dispatches its nests for free. The only thing Deline-Ray asks for in return is a photo of the shelters in use.

“She sent us a few samples last spring and we have not stopped using them since,” said Monika Melichar, president of the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary. “The little ones love the snug feeling the nest provides, and feel safe and protected. When we cover the nest with a light cloth, the wild ones have a sense of snuggling under Mom’s wing.”

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Want to knit your bit? Deline-Ray’s website has detailed crafting directions, as well as the addresses of rescues that have expressed interest in receiving nests.

“I love making the nests because I have a great admiration for all the amazing work the wildlife rescues do,” she said. “I feel like I have a part in giving back to wildlife in a small way.”

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[Via Huffington Post]