October 9th, 2012
On September 29, a total of 92 people completed six hours of intial training in responding to wildlife emergencies and earned their Wildlife 911 certificate. A total of 171 people attended at least one of the three sessions, which were held at the National Zoo on September 15, 22, and 29.
Wildlife 911 was co-sponsored by City Wildlife, the Wildlife Rescue League of Virginia, and the Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. It emphasized training for first responders and call-takers (those at the critical first line of defense for animals in need) to prepare participants for volunteering with any of our area’s wildlife rehabilitators or wildlife emergency hotlines. Over the course of the three, two-hour sessions, experienced wildlife rehabilitators discussed:
- common wildlife species and the problems they encounter in our urban environments;
- how to know whether the animal needs help;
- first response techniques in capturing and handling the animal;
- basic critical care of injured wildlife;
- orphans and how to handle them; and
- how to handle calls from the public who have found injured or orphaned wild animals.
- Kathleen Handley, wildlife rehabilitator (Second Chance Wildlife Center,Gaithersburg, MD, www.scwc.org)
- Patti Hoffman, hotline coordinator (Wildlife Rescue League, Northern Virginia, www.wildliferescueleague.org)
- John Griffin, director of Humane Wildlife Services (Humane Society of the US, Gaithersburg, MD, Humane Wildlife Services)
- Dr. Patrice Klein, DVM, wildlife veterinarian (Second Chance Wildlife Center,Gaithersburg MD, www.scwc.org)
- Lee Prouty, wildlife rehabilitator and waterfowl specialist (Rockville, MD)
- Suzanne Shoemaker, raptor rehabilitator (Owl Moon Raptor Center, Boyds, MD, www.owlmoon.org)
To receive information on future volunteer training opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 965-1947.