NWRA Symposium 2016
Comments from Scholarship Recipients
As a first time attendee to the NWRA Symposium I was unsure of what exactly it would entail. I knew I would be able to network with other rehabilitators and professionals and that I would be able to learn new techniques to bring back to my facility. What I didn't know was that the symposium would be one of the best experiences I have had in my career so far.
NWRA provides an annual event full of learning, skill building, networking and camaraderie. The 32nd annual gathering of wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, educators, interns, administrators, fundraisers, students, technicians, and volunteers of all kinds was attended by 395 dedicated individuals from 41 states, 5 Canadian provinces, Australia, Latvia, and The Netherlands.
NWRA symposia are purposefully designed, developed, and produced by wildlife rehabilitators for wildlife rehabilitators. Volunteers dedicated to quality instruction and education work together to make each symposium the best it can be. More than 150 volunteers contributed more than 3,000 hours, including onsite in March, throughout the year prior to the event, plus the after-event necessities of paying bills, analyzing data and generating reports, sending thank-you letters, and more.
I really enjoyed it. What a great group of people!
In addition to the regularly scheduled field trip to the WildCare center, about 40 people toured two different eagle aviaries.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary in Shawnee, OK, specializes in public education for the conservation of eagles and teaching the meaning of eagles in the Potawatomi culture. Visitors experienced eagles close up in the half-round enclosure designed for nonreleasable eagles. Thanks to Jennifer Randell, Eagle Aviary Manager, for organizing these tours.
During the behind-the-scenes tour at the Grey Snow Eagle House in Perkins, OK, visitors saw the eagle enclosures designed for nonreleasable eagles and the restricted areas, such as feeder food programs, the eagle flight cage, and newly renovated ICU. The Grey Snow Eagle House is operated by the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and specializes in eagle rehabilitation, long-term care of nonreleasable eagles, outreach education, and research. Thank you to Megan Judkins, Aviary Assistant Manager for arranging this opportunity.