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Beth Dekker, Volunteer on WR&R’s Raptor Team, assists young Osprey rescued from Rollins Reservoir in Grass Valley. The young Osprey was given several opportunities to practice flying before its successful release back to the wild. Photo by Ann Westling

February 21, 2017 – Join Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) on Saturday, March 11 for the annual Wildlife Seminar and Welcome Meeting for potential and returning volunteers.  “This is one of the most fascinating meetings of the year as we delve into all things wild!” said Joan Pancharian, Acting President for WR&R.   “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 your help in saving it?   This meeting will help you learn who to go to for assistance and how you can help,” continued Pancharian.

The orientation meeting will be held at the Grass Valley Methodist Church from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:30.    Rehabilitation team leaders will highlight care and treatment techniques in assisting songbirds, raptors, small mammals, and bats.  Various other volunteer opportunities will be identified as well.  The Wildlife Ambassadors including a Red-tailed Hawk, American Crow, Barn Owl, Western Screech-owl, Great Horned Owl and various bats will be on hand for up-close viewing.

Orphaned Baby Scrub Jay Getting Fed – photo by Ann Westling

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In the afternoon, a variety of experts will share new findings and fascinating information about local wildlife.   “This action-packed meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet others who have a passion for wildlife and to learn more about our local wild animals and birds as well as how you can help,” concluded Pancharian.  In 2016, WR&R treated over 1200 songbirds, raptors, small mammals, and bats with 815 released back into the wild, transferred to another facility or kept for additional rehabilitation.

Registration fees include lunch and one raffle ticket.  For current members, the cost is $10 and for nonmembers, $15.   Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) is the only State and Federally permitted organization for rehabilitating wild mammals and birds in Nevada, Yuba, and Sutter Counties.

What: “Get to Know Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release” Wildlife Seminar and Welcome Meeting
Special Feature:  The Wildlife Ambassador hawk, crow, owls, and bats will be on hand to great new volunteers
Where:  Grass Valley Methodist Church, 236 S Church St, Grass Valley
When: Saturday – March 11 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (registration begins at 9:30 am – be sure to arrive early to register and get a good seat!)
For More Information:  Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release – http://www.cawildlife911.org/