IWRC is education and resources for wildlife conservation worldwide.
There are many ways to “preserve and protect wildlife and habitat.” The founders of IWRC chose to preserve and protect through the support of wildlife rehabilitation.
Wildlife rehabilitation is the act of providing temporary care for injured, sick or orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. By providing unique insights into issues affecting wildlife populations, species and habitats, wildlife rehabilitation contributes to wildlife conservation and protection worldwide.
IWRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
A History of Improving Wildlife Care Worldwide
The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) was founded in 1972 in California by a group of individuals concerned about the care and conservation of native wildlife. Due in part to the intense urban growth and loss of native habitat the United States experienced in the 1970’s, more people were coming into contact with wild animals in distress.
In response, formal wildlife rehabilitation programs began forming. While the number of wildlife rehabilitation facilities in the United States was growing, a lack of clear, professional standards of care and support networks resulted in these programs operating in an isolated manner, with methods based primarily on trial and error.
IWRC founders sought to create a professional association where wildlife rehabilitators could access reliable, science-based and up-to-date information and share resources to help improve the quality of care provided to injured wild animals. Since the organization was created, IWRC has supported an estimated 16,000 wildlife rehabilitators with training and resources.
Meet Our Staff
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I’ve worked for IWRC since 2010, although my actual relationship with the organization goes back to the my teenage years in the 1990’s when I eagerly awaited each new issue of the Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation growing up at Wind River Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. I studied environmental studies and anthropology at a small midwestern liberal arts college. I then proceeded to work a number of nonprofit and environmental education jobs, with a little bit of corporate experience thrown in before settling down at IWRC. I live in Eugene, Oregon with a number of domestic rescue animals and heritage breed chickens. In Spring 2013 I completed a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University. Now I spend my free time in the garden and working in fiber arts.
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I came from a retail art world in Seattle to country life in Humboldt county, CA. I was working at the local veterinary clinic, when I happened upon a young downtrodden screech owl sitting on my driveway on my way in one night. I was hooked. I got involved with the local wildlife and then I took the IWRC basic course in 2004; my journey in wildlife rehabilitation commenced. Now I’m pursuing a post baccalaureate degree in animal sciences to round my art background and years in the veterinary field with a solid science core. I hope to continue helping wildlife and people live together in harmonious symbiosis.
Int’l Programs Supervisor
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I grew up in Indiana, and was always interested in animals of all sorts. It was during veterinary school that I became interested in pursuing wildlife medicine as a career, thanks to a very passionate professor and a handful of wildlife cases . After graduating from Kansas State with my DVM I spent time volunteering at various facilities with wildlife and captive raptors. I then completed a year long veterinary internship at the Center for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, before moving to Oregon. I practiced small animal medicine in Oregon for about two years before I left to start a family. Currently I divide my free time between a husband, babies, two cats, and a very morose hound dog. I also go birding whenever I get the chance!
I grew up in Eugene where my family, community, and surroundings instilled a deep appreciation for wilderness and wildness. In Michigan I completed a degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Social Movements and Environmental Ethics. After graduating, I taught and worked as a project manager at a school in Northern China. I earned my master’s degree in Religion and Nature at the University of Florida where I had the opportunity to teach at the college level. Through my studies, I completed several research projects on environmental actors in Senegal, West Africa. I have rehabbed squirrels and am excited to increase my knowledge of rehabilitation through my work at the IWRC. In my free time I volunteer, bicycle, and enjoy cooking and exploring outdoors.