Great Horned Owl in care
at WR&R. Photo Ann Westling

March 22, 2018 – Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) will be offering a class for those who would like to become a volunteer raptor rehabilitator with WR&R. The training will be Saturday, March 24 at WR&R’s Intake Center, 809 Maltman, Grass Valley (adjacent to Walker’s Office Supplies, across from Taco Bell, in the Brunswick Basin). A morning session will be held for brand new rehabbers/volunteers from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday. That same day, another training will be provided for returning rehabbers from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

“Raptors include hawks, falcons, owls, eagles and turkey vultures.  They are amazing birds,” said Laurel Gunderson, Co-Leader for the Raptor Rehab Team.  The morning training is suitable for those who have never handled raptors before. The afternoon session will provide a review and share new information for those with previous experience.  Topics will include: raptor identification, basic handling, initial exam, clinic procedures, hydration and feeding.  This training is required for all those who would like to assist WR&R with raptor care. “Volunteers work at the raptor clinic in Penn Valley.  Their first duties will be cleaning cages.  As their skills grow, they will be tasked with feeding, giving medication, and treating the birds’ injuries,” continued Gunderson.

“This is an amazing opportunity – to take an injured adult raptor or orphaned chick, care for it, and then be able to release it back into the wild; watching as it flies to freedom as a strong and healthy bird,” concluded Gunderson. For more information and to RSVP, contact Laurel Gunderson – 530-277-2121. For newcomers the cost is $10. Those wanting to volunteer will also need to join WR&R and pay membership dues.

WR&R is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization that cares for injured adult or orphaned small mammals, songbirds, bats and raptors in Nevada County. For assistance with a wild animal or bird in distress, contact WR&R’s hotline at (530) 432-5522.

Training Available: Raptor Rehabilitation Basics by Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release
When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 am for beginning rehabbers and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for returning rehabbers
Where: WR&R’s Intake Center, 809 Maltman, Grass Valley (adjacent to Walker’s Office Supply, across the street from Taco Bell in the Brunswick Basin)
Cost: $10 for newcomers
Note: This is not an appropriate training for kids younger than 18
RSVP: Laurel Gunderson, 530-277-2121