NJ wildlife rehabilitation facilities are open during the pandemic

Wildlife rehabilitation facilities are open to admit animals for care during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Intake times and procedures may be adjusted, so please check the nearest wildlife rehabilitation facility for more details on operating hours and intake procedures by calling first. Be sure to leave a message if there is no answer.

Please do not attempt to care for wildlife on your own as this is not in the best interest of the animal and may very possibly decrease its chances for survival.

A link to all New Jersey rehabilitation facilities can be found below. Thank you for caring about wildlife. 

NOTE: New Jersey state and federal laws prohibit the ownership of wildlife. Do not attempt to treat or keep the animal yourself.

Tabitha’s Tale


A wonderfully written book that teaches children about bats through a touching story. It explains how beneficial and necessary they are to our world. With eye catching, colorful illustrations, this 28 page soft cover book will delight the youngsters in your life while teaching them about our natural world.

$12 each, order now at http://www.bats101.info

All proceeds benefit injured and orphaned wildlife. 

Woodlands’ First Children’s Book—Broke Leg Bear

broke leg bear

A true story that gives the reader insight into many wildlife species and the compassionate care given daily at Woodlands.

“This beautifully told tale of compassion will entertain and inspire both children and adults. And it will also encourage conversations about the importance of caring for wild animals, who deserve to share this planet with us. Broke Leg Bear demonstrates how saving just one animal at a time can truly make a difference.”  Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE www.janegoodall.org

$18 each, order now at http://www.woodlandswildlife.org

NJAWR SCHOLARSHIPS: deadline October 31, 2020

The New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (NJAWR) will be awarding scholarships to two NJAWR members for admission reimbursement to one of the following 2021 symposiums:

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Symposium
Pennsylvania Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Conference
New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council Seminar
Call of the Wild Conference – Virginia

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the NJAWR scholarship may also be used towards any virtual conference within the United States that is related to wildlife rehabilitation.

The funds for these scholarships have been donated by NJAWR.

Applicants must be current NJAWR members. Applications must be received by October 31, 2020. Receipt of application is acknowledged via email. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email. Reimbursement checks for conference registration will be mailed after proof of conference attendance.

Not a member? No problem! Become a member today and apply for this scholarship!

If you wish to apply for one of these scholarships, please complete the new online NJAWR Scholarship Application Form below.

Winners will be announced at the NJAWR Annual Meeting in January 2021.

NJAWR Board of Directors Nominations!

NJAWR Board of Directors Call for Nominations!
DEADLINE: October 31st, 2020

The New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Board of Directors. Nominees must be members of NJAWR prior to their nomination, as required by the NJAWR bylaws. Nominations must be made by current members of NJAWR. You may nominate yourself.

Nominees represent you, the members of NJAWR, and they must be prepared to attend bi-monthly meetings via conference call and fulfill their two year term. These positions are working positions.

Each Board member is expected to:
—Participate in board meetings
—Be a member of at least one committee
—Devote time to further the goals and purposes of NJAWR
—Uphold the bylaws
—Participate in conferences, round tables and other NJAWR-sponsored events

Names and email addresses of nominees for a Board position can be sent to Nominating Committee, by email at melisana@ymail.com. Nominees will submit an application (sent by the Board) to join the Board of Directors. Nominees approved by the Nominating Committee will be notified by Dec 1st and their names submitted to the membership for election. Absentee ballots will be sent out via mail and email for those who cannot attend the annual membership meeting. Election is by a simple majority vote of the members responding. Ballots will be counted at the annual membership meeting to be held in January and election results will be announced to the membership thereafter.

Incumbents in board positions whose terms are expiring must follow the nomination process if they wish to be considered as candidates in the next election.

Nominations must be received by October 31st, 2020.

The Board of Directors of NJAWR looks forward to welcoming potential members! Please consider either running for a seat on the board or nominating someone you believe will make a difference.

Avian Bandaging Workshop Success!

On Sunday February 16th, NJAWR hosted an Avian Bandaging Workshop at the Mount Laurel Animal Hospital led by Dr. Susan Tyson. We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr.Tyson and Mount Laurel Animal Hospital for donating this room, her educational service, and a spread of food and refreshments to this NJAWR Workshop! Participants were volunteers of licensed wildlife rehabilitators and were provided a hands-on introduction to bandaging supplies and their uses, immobilizing wing fractures during the healing process, foot/shoe bandages, leg splints, and basic avian wound and pain management! NJAWR board members Mike O’Malley, Lori Swanson, and Heather Evans assisted these 18 participants as they learned these new skills and provided tips and tricks throughout. We also had NJAWR board member Elizabeth Benjamin in attendance as a participant! This practical experience prepared participants to more adequately support their licensed wildlife rehabilitator in their efforts to rehabilitate avian patients!

NJAWR AWARDS: deadline October 31, 2020

NJAWR Awards for Achievement in Wildlife Rehabilitation

The New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (NJAWR) welcomes nominations for two awards to recognize members of the state’s wildlife rehabilitation community for their outstanding contributions to the field: the NJAWR Lifetime Achievement Award and the NJAWR Rising Star Award. Nominees need not be members of NJAWR to qualify.

The NJAWR Lifetime Achievement Award is given to recognize and honor an individual who has made a significant, longtime personal and professional commitment to wildlife rehabilitation and has made a major contribution to the field in our state or region for many years.

Past Lifetime Achievement Awardees:
Jeanne Woodford
Hannah Suthers
Len Soucy
Karen Dashfield
Tracy Leaver
Diane Nickerson
Cathy Malok

The NJAWR Rising Star Award is given to recognize and encourage an individual who has demonstrated significant dedication, engagement, and promise as a relatively new member of the wildlife rehabilitation community in our state or region.

Past Rising Star Awardees:
Amy Shivers
Lori Swanson
​Nicole Golden​
Katy Bungay
Heather Freeman
Melissa Anahory
Adriana Manchen

Please fill out the new online NJAWR Awards Nomination Form below to nominate someone for one of these awards. 

Alternatively, to nominate someone for one of these awards, you may fill out and return the completed NJAWR Award Nomination Form to:

NJAWR Nominations
c/o Adriana Manchen
1748 River Rd
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Nominations may also be submitted by email to: membership@njawr.com.
All nominations must be received by October 31, 2020.

Winners will be announced at the NJAWR Annual Meeting in January 2021.

2020 recipient of the NJAWR Rising Star Award

We are excited to announce the 2020 recipient of the NJAWR Rising Star Award – Adriana Manchen! Adriana started as a volunteer at the Mercer County Wildlife Center in 2015. She has since completed an internship and is now serving as a seasonal employee. She is recognized as the driving force in developing the enrichment program at the Mercer County Wildlife Center. Adriana was nominated by Diane Nickerson, the Director of MCWC. Diane notes “We look forward to her continued growth and participation in the rehabilitation community on a state and national level.” Congratulations to our 2020 Rising Star, Adriana Manchen!!