Another Successful Symposium
Something Old, Something New
NWRA offered a couple of new things this year, the first being a full-day homeopathy seminar. Due to the success and positive feedback resulting from this seminar, you can be assured that you will see it again in the future. We also are extremely proud to have hosted a forum in which, for the very first time, all of the US Fish & Wildlife Service migratory bird permit officers met with wildlife rehabilitators from across the nation. The primary focus was the introduction and explanation of new standard permit conditions for rehabilitation, education, and salvage developed for consistency nationwide.
Behind The Scenes
Thanks and kudos to the NWRA National Committee led by Symposium Coordinator Barbara Suto, assisted by Program Coordinator Donna Ludwig, and Raffle/Auction/Exhibit Coordinator Pam Reger. National Committee members designed and mailed registration materials; coordinated audio-visual setup and operation; coordinated the exhibits, raffle and silent auction; scheduled sessions, presentations, and hands-on workshops; assembled and typeset information for the Program Book; did the necessary accounting record keeping; and, generally made everything fit together and run smoothly. Not only do we in the background of NWRA notice their efforts, but the attendees do as well. One person wrote that one of the highlights for them was "Meeting all the key people that do so much for the organization and sharing their experiences and ideas."
With a Little Help From Our Friends
Our host, PAWS Wildlife Center, worked on the local level to choose the theme, Turning the Tide for Wildlife, recommend speakers, design the conference logo, respond to the local media, find sponsors and donations, borrow and transport AV equipment, provide the banquet MC, and host a wonderful hospitality room. Some host committee members assumed the added responsibilities of being session chairs. Needless to say, they were kept busy for several months prior to the event. Thank you to all! Symposium ‘98 was a success due to the willingness of so many VOLUNTEERS to unselfishly work together and to strive toward high quality, both behind the scenes and in the limelight. The positive and open attitudes of those who attended created a friendly atmosphere that contributed largely to the success of this event. NWRA takes pride in designing a symposium that meets high professional standards and, at the same time, allows for comfortable learning, networking and growing. Our deepest gratitude to all who helped make it happen.
And thanks also to all of you who have a passion for wildlife rehabilitation and learning. Without you, there would be no need for our symposiums or our organization. Here are a few random quotes some of your peers put on their evaluation forms:
- "This, my first, was a great experience! I’ve realized the importance of networking, but also the ease of it. It’s been great to meet with so many people who have a passion for what I’ve just decided I want to do. It’s been very encouraging."
- "I enjoyed giving my lecture. It was the first time I addressed my peers. I’ve taught new/prospective rehabilitators, but the feedback from the people here has been a source of encouragement and sense of accomplishment. Thank you for this opportunity."
- "Enjoyed the camaraderie. Peer support was good!"
- "Seeing old friends, making new ones."
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