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Immature Red-winged Blackbirds gape for their supper – photo by Ann Westling

January 23, 2019 – Join Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) to learn how you can help injured or orphaned wildlife including songbirds. “This spring, we will hold three general meetings, sharing what we do, to interest new volunteers. We will also hold four sessions focusing on songbird care,” stated Bev Myers, President of WR&R. All of these meetings will be held at WR&R’s Intake Center at 809 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley, across the street from Taco Bell in the Brunswick Basin.

General Orientation Meetings

The general meetings will be held on: Saturday February 16, from 1:00 – 3:00; on Sunday February 24 from 2:00 – 4:00, and on Wednesday evening, March 6th from 5:00 – 7:00. These 2-hour meetings will highlight the joys and satisfaction of caring for wild critters and why we need more volunteers. The various rehab teams for songbirds, small mammals, raptors and bats will be introduced and folks will have an opportunity to talk to each to learn how they could help. “Have you ever rescued a bird after it flew into your window and wondered how to help it? Has your child ever brought you an injured animal and wanted you to save it? These meetings will help you learn who to go to for assistance and how you can be involved in saving these amazing wild birds and mammals,” stated Myers.

Songbird Care Sessions

Young Black-headed Grosbeak, injured after colliding with a window, is being fed a blueberry – photo by Ann Westling

In addition, four Songbird Team Rehab Sessions are scheduled on various Saturdays during the spring. The first two meetings on February 2 and February 23 will share fascinating information on our backyard birds: what they are, why they are at risk and their natural behaviors as guides for care. The next two meetings on March 23 and April 6 will focus on feeding and care of baby birds and Intake Center practices and protocols. If interested in attending the songbird sessions, RSVP to Kathleen Willis, 530-470-0565. “Spring brings the orphaned baby season for birds and mammals and is just around the corner. We urgently need more volunteers for songbird and other critter care,” concluded Myers.

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Additional trainings on caring for raptors (hawks and owls) as well as bat rehabilitation will be scheduled later in the spring. In 2018, WR&R treated over 700 songbirds, raptors, small mammals, and bats.

Orientation Meetings

What: Wildlife Rehabilitation Orientation Meetings
When: Sat, Feb 16th (1:00 – 3:00); Sun, Feb 24th (2:00 – 4:00); and Wed, March 6th (500 – 7:00)
Where: WRR Intake Center, 809 Maltman Dr, Grass Valley (across the street from Taco Bell/adjacent to Walkers Office Supply
Cost: Free

For More Information on Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release – http://www.cawildlife911.org/

Songbird Sessions

What: Introduction to Song Bird Rehab
Where: WR&R Intake Center, 809 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley (across the street from Taco Bell, adjacent to Walkers Office Supply)
When:
Feb 2 – Saving Our Backyard Birds (free) 1:00 – 3:00
Feb 23 – Learning from Nature (How Birds Are Cared For) (free) 1:00 – 3:00
March 23 – Feeding and Care of Baby Birds ($10 members/$15 nonmembers) 1:00 – 3:00
April 6 – WR&R Intake Center Practices and Procedures ($10 members/$15 nonmembers) 1:00 – 3:00
RSVP Important – space limited – contact Kathleen Willis – 530-470-0565

For More Information on Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release – http://www.cawildlife911.org/