Wildlife Rehabilitators conference great experience
Along with my friends from Rowena Wildlife Clinic, I recently attended the annual National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association conference. It was held this year in Portland, a short drive from the Columbia River Gorge, and too good an opportunity to pass up.
It was an amazing experience, not only from an educational standpoint, but also in terms of being surrounded by hundreds of fellow animal lovers!
Approximately 100 presentations were made over the five-day conference, covering mammal, bird, and reptile rehabilitation techniques, diseases, medical treatments, diets and nutrition, volunteerism, public education, wildlife conservation, and fundraising, to name just a few. Because there was such a wide range of interesting presentations, the only problem with the conference was deciding which of the many excellent seminars to attend!
The next NWRA conference will be March 2014 in Nashville.
Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue seeks volunteers
Kitten season is fast approaching and Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue needs volunteers to deal with the expected influx of new kittens and cats. Here’s what they especially need help with right now:
- Foster “parents” to provide a safe, loving environment until the cats and kittens find forever homes
- Help transporting cats
- People with vet-tech skills to draw blood, vaccinate, and give baths
- Cat trappers for homeless and feral cats
Wildlife Watch link added
Here’s a fun blog for those of you interested in wildlife encounters in the Gorge: Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District’s Wildlife Watch. Anyone who has seen wildlife along the Hood River, its tributaries, and in the Hood River Watershed’s natural areas may post the info on the blog. The blog link is permanently posted in the “Wildlife Resources” list to the right.
Spay or neuter your pet: It’s the humane thing to do.