Winter/spring wildlife classes offered By Sierra Wildlife Rescue
Sierra Wildlife classes in February will begin with “Introduction to Local Wildlife” on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. This class for the general public, will provide an overview of the natural histories of most species SWR rehabs in El Dorado County. If you become interested in rehabbing, you can follow up with classes on specific species, beginning in February and taught by experienced rehabbers.
For prospective rehabbers, “Rehabbing Baby Skunks,” 10 a.m. to noon and “Rehabbing Squirrels,” 1 to 3 p.m., will both be held on Feb. 22.
Classes on other species will be held during March and April. We always need and welcome prospective new rehabbers, so come find out how rewarding caring for these little critters can be.
All classes are held at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Road in Placerville and are free to SWR Members; a $5 donation is requested from the general public. Parking is limited, so please make reservations well in advance with Barbara, at 530-621-2650, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you register for a class and can’t attend, please let us know as soon as possible, since there is always a waiting list.
More online at: http://www.sierrawildliferescue.org/
Originally a division of Sacramento Wildlife Care in 1990, Sierra Wildlife Rescue (SWR) was formally established in 1992 as the need for wildlife rescue grew in El Dorado County. Led by a group of 85 dedicated wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, and supporters, SWR helped 350 wild animals throughout El Dorado, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties during its inaugural year.
Orphaned songbirds accounted for nearly 50% of these wildlife rescues. So, in 1996 SWR opened its first “Baby Bird Nursery” where teams of volunteers worked 12 hour days to feed and care for these orphaned birds. By 2000, SWR had outgrown the Nursery and moved to a larger location. Nine years later, SWR moved to its current venue in Placerville to accommodate increased demand for wildlife care and serve as the center for education and training classes. Today, Nursery volunteers treat approximately 650 infant birds each season (April-August). But that’s not all we do!
Every year, in-home rehabilitators care for over 1,000 more birds and mammals, which include the following species:
- corvids (crows, ravens, jays, etc.)
- doves and pigeons
- gamebirds (quail, turkey, etc.)
- raptors (owls, hawks, falcons, etc.)
- skunks (just the babies!)
- waterfowl and waterbirds
SWR is proud to have a strong membership of 700 individuals and families with the number of volunteers climbing to 200. SWR continues to expand, providing services to both the wildlife and human populations of the region – volunteers solve problems from nearly 5,000 wildlife assistance calls from the public every year. SWR’s Education Team gives custom presentations to schools and community groups, with or without our Education Ambassadors (raptors). SWR offers many educational classes throughout the year at its Center in Placerville and offers internship opportunities. You will meet SWR’s Community Outreach team at local events throughout the year where you can learn more about SWR and its volunteer opportunities.
As SWR has grown, so too has its reputation. Recognized and highly respected by other wildlife organizations, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, SWR has become a model of organizational skill and efficiency. As such, SWR is often asked to assist other wildlife organizations throughout Northern California in the creation and development of avian and mammal rehabilitation programs.