Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release
What is your mission statement?
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife including songbirds, small mammals, raptors and bats. In addition, an important element of the group’s mission is to provide educational programs featuring the Wildlife Ambassadors, (birds of prey) to help increase the public’s awareness, knowledge of and appreciation of local wildlife.
Briefly, when and how did your nonprofit start?
The organization began 25 years ago in Yuba County and has since expanded to include other counties, with a focus on Nevada County.
What is your annual budget?
What are the primary sources of funding?
Donations, community fundraisers, and grants
How many employees does the organization have?
No paid employees. There are approximately 70 active volunteers.
Who is your primary audience, the people who benefit the most from your organization?
The primary beneficiaries are the many wildlife species brought in for treatment and later release back to the wild. This in turn gives all residents of the county a greater opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the values that wildlife bring to our lives. In addition, presentations are provided to both classrooms and the public showcasing the Wildlife Ambassadors, including a Great Horned Owl, Screech Owl, Kestrel, Barn Owl, Red—tailed Hawk and Crow. Having an opportunity to view these magnificent birds of prey up—close is an unusual and awe inspiring event.
What is your primary service area?
Nevada, Yuba, and Sutter counties.
List the biggest achievements in your nonprofit’s history:.
Rehabilitating over 1200 songbirds, raptors, bats, and small mammals in 2014 — with about 65 percent being released back into the wild, to another care facilities or kept in care for a while longer.
Being able to provide the expensive food, medication, and veterinary expertise for these animals and birds by relying solely on generous donations and community support.
Caring for each and every critter with heart—felt dedication and then being able to celebrate as it is released back into the wild, healthy and strong!
List the biggest challenges you face:
Having enough funding to pay for the cost of caring for and feeding these injured or orphaned animals and birds.
Having enough volunteers to support the work of the organization.
What is your primary goal for the next year?
Looking at new ways to attract volunteers and increase funding.
What is your primary goal for the next three to five years?
Continuation of the mission of the organization with enough funding and volunteers to support the needs of injured or orphaned wildlife.
One long range goal is to eventually be able to purchase land and build a care facility for the animals and birds needing assistance. Now, most all the rehabilitation occurs at private homes of the rehabbers.
What are your major fundraisers and the dates for these events in 2016?
New Volunteer Orientation and Recruitment Meeting — March 5
Art of the Wild — in the spring close to Earth Day
Special promotions at various restaurants throughout the year
Where the Wild Things Are — September
Climbing for Wildlife — October
Participation at community fairs and festivals throughout the year
Wildlife Rehabilitation Calendar Sales — Oct, Nov, Dec
Owl Be Home for Christmas — membership drive — December
How can someone become involved with your organization?
Visit the group’s website http://www.cawildlife911.org and fill out the interest form or attend one of the events listed above and fill out the volunteer form.
What kind of skills are you looking for from volunteers?
Animal and Bird Rehabilitation — passion for wildlife with the ability/knowledge to handle medical issues and carefully follow directions and training for treating the animals. Also needed are time and adequate facilities at home for rehabbing some of the species.
Fundraising — passion for wildlife, creativity, and enthusiasm along with experience in fundraising or willingness to learn.
Intake Center Volunteer: passion for wildlife, phone skills, computer skills, ability to work with people and animals/birds needing care.
Education — passion for wildlife, ability to communicate effectively with kids and knowledge of State educational curricula for various grade levels, creativity, and time.
Specialized skills including: carpentry for building bird and bat houses, computer skills and data input capacity, writing and photography, web design and maintenance, long range planning, etc.
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release is a member of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, which provides the weekly Know Your Nonprofit feature. You can learn more about The Center for Nonprofit Leadership online at http://CNLSierra.org or by calling 530—265—5600. The Center is on Facebook at http://facebook.com/NevadaCounty NonProfitLeadership and Twitter @NevCoNonprofits.
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