NJAWR AWARDS: deadline February 28, 2018

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:
Hannah Suthers
Len Soucy
Karen Dashfield
Tracy Leaver

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:
Lori Swanson
​Nicole Golden​
Katy Bungay
Heather Freeman

To nominate someone for one of these awards, please fill out and return the completed NJAWR AWARD NOMINATION FORM to:

NJAWR Nominations
c/o Heather Freeman
P.O. Box 5046
Clinton, NJ 08809

Nominations may also be submitted by email to: membership@njawr.com.
All nominations must be received on or before February 28, 2018.

NJAWR SCHOLARSHIP: **Extended** deadline February 7, 2018

The New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (NJAWR) will be awarding scholarships to two NJAWR members for admission reimbursement to one of the following 2018 symposiums:

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

The funds for these scholarships have been donated by NJAWR.

If you wish to apply for one of these scholarships, please complete this NJAWR Scholarship Application form and return it to:

NJAWR Scholarships
c/o Heather Freeman
P.O. Box 5046
Clinton, NJ 08809

Applicants must be current 2018 NJAWR members (visit njawr.com to join or renew membership). Applications must be received by February 7, 2018. Receipt of application is acknowledged via email. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail. 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!

ATTN NJAWR MEMBERS: Join us for our annual meeting

All NJAWR members are invited to attend our annual meeting on January 28th, 2018 at 10am at Mercer County Wildlife Center. We will discuss accomplishments from 2017, goals for 2018, workshop information and more!! We look forward to hearing from YOU, our members, on YOUR visions of involvement and future goals. Be sure to join us for refreshments, snacks, prizes and freebies!

We look forward to seeing you!

Not a member? No problem! Become a member today and join us the 28th!

LECTURE: Zoonoses by Karen Dashfield, DVM


Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: Noon-2:30pm

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
575 Woodland Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940

NJAWR Member Cost: $10.00
Non-member Cost: $20.00
Registration deadline is October 26, 2017

As a wildlife rehabilitator, you are automatically placed in a segment of the population that is at a high risk of experiencing a zoonotic disease exposure. A zoonosis (plural zoonoses), is an infection or infestation shared in nature by man and other animals; a disease of man acquired (transmitted) from an infected animal to man. To decrease the chances of acquiring a zoonotic disease, wildlife rehabilitators should know the essential factors that enable a disease to pass to man, gain knowledge of the zoonotic diseases, and be constantly aware of the preventative measures that must be taken to break the passage of the disease from animal to man.

You can register here. Please indicate on PayPal that you are registering for the workshop.

You can also send a check (payable to NJAWR) with your name, phone, and email to:

Mercer County Wildlife Center
c/o NJAWR Workshop
1748 River Road
Titusville, NJ 08560.

Registration with payment must be received by October 26, 2017.

Late registrations will not be honored.

St. Francis Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc.

stfrancisSt. Francis Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. (SFWS) is the newest addition to the New Jersey wildlife rehabilitation centers and is located in West Windsor, NJ.

Owned and operated by Dr. Priscilla Purnick, this wildlife refuge takes in mammals (rodents, opossums, rabbits, raccoons) and reptiles (turtles) that have been abandoned, injured or orphaned, treats them and then (when the animal is ready), releases them back into the wild.  SFWS also educates the public about the importance of wildlife and our relationship with wildlife.  SFWS is putting together research projects focused on better care of wildlife and focused on a better outcome for wildlife patients.

The SFWS website can be found at www.stfranciswildlifesanctuary.org, and you can check out the SFWS Facebook here.

New 2015 Trapping Regulations

Traps: Live-capture Foot Encapsulating

Enclosed or foot encapsulating (also known as enclosed foothold or dog-proof traps) traps are now legal for trapping. These traps have been specifically designed to capture species such as raccoon and opossum (which possess a degree of manual dexterity) while minimizing the capture of non-target animals especially domestic dogs and cats. Enclosed foothold traps are a live-restraint trap which do not result in the death of the captured animal or in the potential for significant injury.

These traps are subject to the following requirements:

• All triggering and restraining mechanisms shall be enclosed by a housing.

• The triggering and restraining mechanism is accessible only by a single opening when the trap is set.

• The access opening does not exceed 2 inches in diameter or when measured diagonally.

• The triggering mechanism can be activated only by a pulling force

• The trap has a swivel-mounted anchoring system.

Full Information: trapping_summary15-16

NJAWR 2013 Annual Conference

This year’s annual conference, held on April 6th, 2013 at Princeton University was a huge success! This years conference included attendees from the tri-state area from wildlife rehabilitation and related fields. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support NJAWR and enjoy a day filled with networking, workshops, and lectures. To stay informed about next year’s conference, upcoming workshops, and roundtables please like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NJAWR or check our website often !