strut for sigh

The Refuge for Saving the Wildlife, Inc. is hosting a memorial walk for one of our permanent residents, Sigh, a Moluccan Cockatoo, who has recently gone on to the Rainbow Bridge. Sigh came to the refuge in early 2000 when he was in his mid-20’s. He was featherless, fearful and unable to move very well. After years of medicines, therapies and love, Sigh became a very trusting, loving and active bird until his untimely death in 2015.

Come celebrate his life and help raise public awareness about rescued birds and much needed funds to help the brothers and sisters Sigh has left to fill the void from his passing. Sigh will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The walk will be on Saturday, September 19, 2015 starting at 9:00 am. We will walk through Glencoe and Winnetka for approximately 5 miles. Walk with us: get donors, donate, or just come cheer us on and meet some of the staff and residents. There will be many of Sigh’s feathered friends in the walk assisting to get the word out about the rescue and our mission. For donors raising $25 or more, there will be a one of a kind, stylish t-shirt commemorating the “Struttin’ for Sigh” memorial walk.

If you are planning on bringing your feathered friend with you to the Struttin' for Sigh Walk-a-thon please contact us prior to the walk at (847) 509-1026 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain approval. We'd like to make sure all of the birds at the walk have been tested to the same standards, that all of the birds will behave themselves amongst their peers, and that all owners of flighted birds are aware of safety precautions.

If you would like to spread the word or donate yourself please visit our fundraising page for this event.

For further information contact Rich at (847) 509-1026 or Karen at (630) 340-9937. Watch the website at for updated information about the walk.