are very demanding of our volunteers at the refuge. We have to
be. The people working with us are responsible for the life and
death of our birds. We take that very seriously.
Aside from working with the birds there are dozens of things that need to be done we need volunteers for schedule work, web work, and phone work items that are constantly behind.
This is a very important job. Transport personnel are the ones we
call to help take our birds back and forth to the vet, or other
facilities. They also help us pick up food for the birds,
materials and supplies, and other items. There is very little to
no actual animal handling in this type of work.
Animal Pickup Personnel
Part of the rehab side of our refuge is the on site rescue. Most
of the rescues are simply walking up to the injured animal and placing
them in a carrier. Some are even just meeting people who have
already gotten the bird and put it in a box. Some are more
active. This type of volunteer is the most active and physically
demanding part of our work, but also the most important to the rehab
side. We train our volunteers in animal capture to do this
Yes, it is cleaning cages and feeding animals, but this is the way all
caretakers starts. It actually takes training to even be in a cage with
the animals long enough to clean it. If you do not go through cage
cleaning and maintenance first, you will not be a rehabber or educator.
ALL rehabbers and educators do cage maintenance work for at
least 6 months before we allow them to go further.
main rehab/bird care facility has 22 flight cages, 4 rehab cages, and
11 isolation areas. It gets extremely dirty. Cleaning up after these
birds is more than a full time job. In our peak season, there is no way
to care for the birds and keep the area clean without several people
helping. We do not allow unskilled people to work with the birds.
will most likely be cleaning up messes and repairing damaged perches
and cage parts. (The birds need something to do; and they really like to
eat perches) We are very picky about who we let come and work at this
site. We do not publish its location, and we screen all volunteers
before they visit it. Volunteers for this area will be doing mostly
clean up and minor repair work. They will occasionally assist the
rehabbers in various ways.
Just like it sounds. It is building new cages and helping to
repair old ones. Construction also helps us build displays for our
are a 501c-3 nonprofit corporation, and we have to maintain federal
migratory bird license requirements. The federal paperwork is pretty
amazing. On top of the federal paperwork, we have the normal business
needs of organizing, advertising, and accounting. If you are good at
paperwork, excel, and spreadsheet and would like to help us out, please
let us know.
often just have no time to schedule public appearances. It happens when
you have a busy schedule, you stop being able to call people, and then
you get a period with no appearances. Since our appearances are our main
source of income and public exposure, schedule lulls can cause
are very particular about what goes up on the web page. If you are
willing to do things our way, and you are good at facebook for our
dynamic web work, you might be able to help.
is probably the most important thing we have to do that we are not
doing. We really need to call businesses and solicit corporate sponsors.
To do this, we will need to make sure you know exactly what the refuge
is all about, so there is some training involved. Bottom line, we need
people to help us beg for money!
We need someone to help us bring in money. These birds want to eat every day...
We have to make sure all our volunteers know about events and we
have enough people to &actually do events all throughout the
After time in cage maintenance and training with one of our rehabbers, volunteers can become rehabbers.
After time in cage maintenance and training with one of our educators, volunteers can become educators themselves.
We require all our volunteers to either take our course or
show equivalent experience before working with the birds. We also
require they visit our public presentations and see exactly what we do
several times before they are allowed to visit our facility.
Volunteers must be
trained. All volunteers must have some training before we will let
them do anything on our grounds. Each volunteer for bird handling
has to go thru our 5 week WTCC training class (see the web
page). Volunteers for constructing and gardening, but not working
in public or bird areas must take a basic info class on our refuge and
how and why we do things the way we do and watch our public presentations several times.
You cannot handle birds right away and until you are licensed, only with supervision
It's dirty work.
These birds do not want our help.
You have to feed cute animals to them for them to survive.
Birds die. Deal with it.
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