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Circle of Wings 2000—Symposium Summary

Milwaukee, WI

by Jeannie Lord

The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association held their 18th Annual Symposium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March of 2000. "Our New Millennium: Caretakers of the Circle" was this year's theme. Over 480 rehabilitators and interested people from across the country participated in some very special presentations and workshops. The attendees listened to speakers offering papers on topics from "Healing with a Toothpick” to "Software for Rehabilitators." Hands-on laboratory sessions covered many other topics, including emergency care for reptiles, fluid therapy, and avian hematology. Workshops included homeopathic first aid for wildlife, reptile care, avian necropsy, and feather imping. Nick Hocking, the keynote speaker, addressed the history and influence of Native American culture in Wisconsin. Nick emphasized the need for continuing education regarding the integration of our lives and our responsibilities for our ̒̒̒̒̒’animal friends.’

Over 100 presenters and speakers participated in the successful four-day conference. Presentations reported on rehabilitation techniques and issues for mammals, birds, and reptiles. Other papers discussed diseases, education, regulations, and much more. Such a ’buffet of learning’ allowed attendees to choose relevant presentations for their individual interests. It was a great opportunity to learn and share, regardless of expertise. Whether you were a novice or veteran rehabilitator, this symposium offered opportunities for growth and advancement.

Fun and relaxation were the goals of the banquet held on Friday night. The spacious, elegant ballroom and soft music created the perfect ambiance for a wonderful meal and the evening's festivities. A high-powered microscope and beautiful artwork were some highlights of this year's auction. Raffle items included great rehabilitation texts, medical supplies, and various art works. The NWRA is deeply grateful to our generous contributors of these wonderful items.

Special thanks to the Host Committee! The Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation staff did a great job. With the guidance, support, and expertise of Symposium Coordinator Barbara Suto and her wonderful staff of volunteers, the endless tasks essential to a successful symposium were accomplished. For example, coordination of audio-visuals, collection of raffle and auction items, setting up workshop and lab equipment, and distribution of presentation information was wonderfully coordinated. Don't forget the icebreaker and banquet! Many of us learned for the first time what is involved in putting together a successful symposium of this size. It made us so much more appreciative of the individuals who are responsible for this event every year.


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