Would you like to help “launch” juvenile green herons, or other baby birds, this spring and summer?
It’s not as daunting as you might think, but some training (and jumping through the needed legal hoops) is required. Fortunately, we have a great community resource.
Umpqua Wildlife Rescue (UWR) is an organization of individual volunteer licensed wildlife rehabilitators whose primary goal is to return animals to the wild. They treat and release many birds and mammals annually. They also maintain a hotline to receive calls about injured or young animals, and a network of “critter carriers”.
People are able to work under the supervision of the licensed wildlife rehabilitators once they have successfully completed the UWR rehabilitation class. There is generally one class per year. This year, UWR is offering a one day class, Saturday, March 30th, from 9:30am to 4:00pm focusing on hotline, critter carry, and baby birds.
Last summer, Umpqua Valley Audubon Society members partnered with Umpqua Wildlife Rescue to rescue a total of 17 juvenile green herons who found themselves on the ground in urban settings before they were quite ready to be independent. Of these, 14 were successfully nurtured and eventually released into suitable habitat. We learned a lot and hope to improve and expand our efforts this summer. We’d also like to be able to enhance UWR’s work with other baby birds as the need is often overwhelming.
Once you’ve successfully completed the UWR rehabilitation training, you will be partnered with a licensed rehabber who will advise you on how to set up a place in your home to care for baby and juvenile birds. UWR provides caging and food, as well as a support network. And/or you can help with the hotline or critter carry. You can commit to do as much or as little as works for you. And, it’s an opportunity to get to know an awesome group of people.
For more information or to register for the class, contact Becky Bass: firstname.lastname@example.org.