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Portland, Oregon

by Kent Briske

I am new to the NWRA board, but have been going to the NWRA Symposium for seven years. I see the Symposium as the most important tool for training and networking to learn the newest techniques and meet the professionals who present them, and of course, see old friends. It is extremely important for all wildlife rehabilitators to attend the NWRA conference because we work in a field that is continuously evolving and changing.

Some amazing lectures this year were Aquatic Bird Rehabilitation, Bear Rehabilitation, Rescue of Raptors in Warehouses, Wildlife Nutrition, Educational Bird Training, and Management. Anyone who has attended an NWRA Symposium understands the lectures are only one aspect of the overall conference experience. Gathering with other wildlife rehabilitators is incredibly important to keep one's sanity and allows for sharing of experiences and getting advice.

The National Committee members design and mail registration materials; coordinate audio–visual operation and the exhibits, raffle, and silent auction; procure speakers and schedule sessions, presentations, and hands–on seminars and workshops; assemble and layout the Program Book; handle the accounting recordkeeping; and, generally made everything fit together and run smoothly. Our host, Audubon Society of Portland, worked on the local level to choose the theme, Wild in the City—Connecting People and Nature, recommend area speakers, respond to local media, and supply volunteers willing to unselfishly work together and strive for high quality, both behind the scenes and in the limelight. Everyone helps make a symposium that meets high professional standards.

Thank you to our Symposium 2013 supporters: The Kinsman Foundation, Howell Nature Center, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Friends of Symposium 2013, and many, many more. You and your support made this conference a tremendous success!

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