Lloyd Brown

Returning Board Member and IWRC Instructor Please share an early/childhood experience that was pivotal to your personal relationship to wildlife. In 1966, on a family road trip to visit my brother in the Air Force in Denver, we stopped in Amarillo, Texas for the night.  While walking from the hotel to a restaurant, I found a nestling bird that had fallen from its nest.  It was sitting on the sidewalk and I picked it up and placed it up on top of a concrete wall where by the tree from where it had fallen.  My parents said that I didn’t...

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Meredith Whitney

Spotlight on new board member Please share an early/childhood experience that was pivotal to your personal relationship to wildlife. I grew up next to a creek and was constantly bringing home crawdads, frogs and snakes to keep as “pets”.  I was lucky enough to have parents that were understanding enough not to discourage my love of critters, and smart enough to secretly release them after letting me observe them for a day or two.  I never could figure out how all those animals “escaped” until my mom filled me in decades later!  It wasn’t until I was bitten by a...

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Replenish

In the last two years I often found myself in a space and time where I was looking for some comfort and wondered how I could replenish myself.  Who or what could inspire me and help me get back in touch with myself?  At times, it was a nature walk or yoga, sometimes it was watching the world through my camera lens, and other times it was listening or reading the works of some very interesting people which gave me that little break, where I could feel my energy and my hope be revitalized.  After listening to conversations or reading...

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Jennifer Boonstra DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Spotlight on our new board member How did you initially become involved with IWRC and why did you choose to become involved on a board level? I first became involved with IWRC when I started as a wildlife rehabilitator over 20 years ago. IWRC is such a valuable resource for anyone involved with wildlife rehabilitation and was especially invaluable to me during that time. I am thrilled to be able to work with IWRC on a board level to help the IWRC Mission and be a resource for other wildlife rehabilitators. Describe a skill that you have that has been...

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Diane Séguin MS, CWR

Spotlight on our New Board Member How did you initially become involved with IWRC and why did you choose to become involved on a board level?    I initially got involved with the IWRC as a happy coincidence in 2012!  My dear friend, Lynn Miller, was going to teach courses for the IWRC in Ireland and I’d always wanted to go to Ireland.  I asked if I could be of help and went along.  I met so many wonderful people during this trip, many of which have become great friends.  This trip changed my life and I gained a much deeper...

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Daniela Castillo DVM, MS

Spotlight on our new board member How did you initially become involved with IWRC and why did you choose to become involved on a board level? I joined IWRC in October 2020. I became involved because Wildlife Rehabilitation is my true passion. I worked as a wildlife rehabilitator and director of a wildlife center 10 years ago and I really miss everything about it. One of my biggest goals in life is to start a wildlife rehabilitation center in my hometown, Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Currently there is not a wildlife rehabilitation center per se and I think that it...

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Danene Britell RVT

Spotlight on our new board member Please share an early/childhood experience that was pivotal to your personal relationship to wildlife. When I was growing up my mother and I spent a lot of time at the beach. When I was about seven years old I clearly remember a time where we were walking on the beach and came across a down seabird (Northern Gannet).  I would not leave until my mom went to the lifeguard stand and came up with a plan for how they were going to get someone to look at this animal. This was a time with...

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Bird Safe Windows

It was a warm, late summer day in 2020. Like many people, I was working from home, sitting in my living room, laptop on my knees, coffee at my side. Suddenly I heard a very loud THUNK in the vicinity of our back door. I sprang up and ran to the back of the house. I knew there was only one thing that could make that sound. Something had hit the glass on our back door, something big. I rounded the corner and felt simultaneously relieved and concerned. Sitting on our porch bench was a perplexed juvenile Cooper’s Hawk. It...

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2021 Van Doninck Scholarship Open for Applications

June 15, 2021  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       [Eugene, Oregon] — Dr. Helene Marie Van Doninck, is remembered by friends and colleagues as a dedicated, passionate and determined veterinarian, and also as a positive and effective force on behalf of wildlife. She co-founded the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (CWRC) outside Truro Nova Scotia in 2001. She worked tirelessly to eradicate lead ammunition and tackle for hunting and angling purposes and won support from all sides. Her sense of humor, depth of knowledge, and understanding of people gained her entry to circles that could be otherwise unwelcoming to a veterinarian and avid wildlife rehabilitator,...

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Summit Highlights Beaver Impact

This April I attended the California Beaver Summit, an event focused on the positive impact of beavers on the California landscape and their key role in ecological restoration projects. As a wildlife rehabilitator the information on managing common human/beaver conflicts was especially useful. The full summit is available to watch. I found these three presentations particularly interestingas a wildlife rehabilitator: Michael Callahan: Beaver Institute  – CommonConflicts and How to Manage Kevin Swift: Swift Water Design  – Local Examples ofBeaver Management Emily Fairfax, Cal State Channel Islands  – Beavers& Fire Refugia

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