Annual NJAWR Conferences
The New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators Annual
Conference held on March 24, 2012 in Princeton University,
Princeton, New Jersey was a great success! Thank you to all of those who
2009 Wildlife Rehabilitator Roundtable
Once again, NJAWR hosted a wildlife rehabilitator roundtable to discuss
issues and ideas concerning our wildlife friends. The event took place
at Mercer County Wildlife Center on November 22, 2009. Hot topics discussed
during this meeting included White Nose Syndrome, squirrel pox, raccoon
parvo, distemper, rabies, bear hunts, and the dangers of sticky boards
for songbirds. Attendees noted a general increase in animals taken into
facilities, particularly raccoons, skunks, and litters of red squirrels
and flying squirrels. Suggestions and methods for dealing with uncooperative
members of the public were given as well. Overall, the turn-out and progression
of this roundtable was a useful and successful learning experience.
Turtle Talk Three
Attendees hungry for more information about turtles were treated to a
full day of turtle fun as Harriet Forrester delved more deeply into the
world of these wonderful creatures. Questions that arose during the last
Turtle Talk were answered, and then some! Topics included nutrition, turtle
anatomy, injury and disease identification and treatment, and husbandry
essentials such as lighting, heating, housing, and environmental enrichment.
Fall 2008 NJAWR Wildlife Rehabilitator
November 8 marked the day when wildlife rehabilitators, apprentices, and
volunteers across the region met to share experiences, ask questions,
discuss problems, and find solutions.
Oil Spill and Wildlife Training Sessions 2007
January 12 and 13 were great days for all who attended the Oil Spill and
Wildlife Training Sessions co-sponsored by NJAWR and the Mercer County
office of Emergency Management. Two sessions were presented by Tri-State
Bird Rescue & Research. Session One was a general training session
for first responders to help oiled wildlife, and Session Two was a hands-on
workshop to help understand the effects of oil on wildlife, and to properly
care for individual oiled animals. It was quite impressive to see the
various professionals coming together for training to assist our wildlife.
Guest speakers included members of the United States Coast Guard, New
Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, and United States Fish and Wildlife.
The trainers from Tri-State did a great job to make it a wonderful learning
experience for everyone.
Turtle Talk Two
Turtle Talk Two was a smashing success in February with a record number
of attendees. People traveled from as far away as Connecticut, New York,
Delaware, and Pennsylvania, even with a snow storm forecast in the afternoon!
Wow - talk about dedicated turtle lovers! Harriet Forrester, the turtle
goddess of New Jersey, shared her expertise and passion for these wonderful
creatures. Nobody falls asleep when Harriet is talking turtles! She is
an amazing speaker who is well known and sought after for lectures all
over the country.
Native Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Community
NJAWR partnered with The Raptor Trust to present a program called Native
Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Community for members of the animal welfare
community to learn the best techniques to better serve the public and
our native wildlife. Topics included how to handle wildlife phone calls,
transport, reuniting infants with mothers, species identification, emergency
care, and tips on relocating wildlife. Presenters Marjorie Ford, Lauren
Butcher and Christie Ward all worked hard to make this program a success.
Some of the comments from the evaluation sheets included: “Although
I have been an ACO for 20 years, I still learned something new today.”
“Terrific program! Extremely helpful!”