Injured bird training offered in Grass Valley |

Injured bird training offered in Grass Valley

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Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release's Intake Center Director Kathleen Willis readies a young Steller's Jay for an exam.

An orientation and training on how to care for injured native songbirds is being sponsored by Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 8. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at WR&R's Intake Center, located at 799 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley, across the street from Taco Bell in the Brunswick Basin. The training will teach participants about songbird care and provide information on the role of volunteers at the Intake Center, which is open May 1 through August and is the primary triage center for assisting songbirds. The training is available for both new volunteers as well as returning members. It is required for all who are interested in volunteering at the Intake Center this summer.

"Caring for injured songbirds and then releasing them back into the wild is an incredible experience," said Kathleen Willis, the

Intake Center's director. "We are really in need of more songbird rehabbers and Intake Center volunteers and welcome everyone who might be interested in this heartwarming opportunity."

At the training, experienced songbird rehab volunteers will provide an overview of the types of care needed as well as Intake Center protocols. The class is $10 for first-timers and $5 for members with previous training this year. Attendees will have the opportunity to join WR&R, sign-up to be a licensed rehabber and/or work at the Intake Center.

Those wanting to be a songbird rehabber and Intake Center volunteer will need to become a member of WR&R. In 2016, WR&R treated over 500 songbirds. Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization that treats injured or orphaned birds and small mammals and releases them back to the wild. For more information and to RSVP, contact Kathleen Willis at 530-470-0565.

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