IWRC Member Spotlight: Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute

Our Member Spotlights feature our incredible members across the world, rehabilitating baby penguins in South Africa, sea turtles in Cyprus, bats in the United States, brown bears in Kosovo, and beyond. We invite you to visit our map to meet more members and click here if you are an IWRC member who would like to be featured. Organization: Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute) Location: Kyrenia, Cyprus IWRC: Hello! So, tell us a little bit about your organization and the work you do. The Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute (CWRI) was established in 2018, in Kyrenia, Cyprus as part of...

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Spotlight on New Board Member, Ashley Ihrke

How did you initially become involved with IWRC and why did you choose to become involved on a board level? I started volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center in early 2017 and became a staff member shortly before  going back to graduate school that same year. Once I became a staff member, I did more research and background around professional organizations in the wildlife rehabilitation field and discovered IWRC. I signed up as a member that year and have beena member since. Since graduating from school in 2019, I left my position at the rehabilitation center and have been involved...

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Spotlight on New Board Member, Lindsay Jones

Please share an early/childhood experience that was pivotal to your personal relationship to wildlife. From my earliest memories, I have always felt a close connection with all animals. As a young child, I was always bringing home stray animals and those in need of care, much to the dismay of my family. I started attending The Green River Preserve around the 3rd grade, which is a nature camp for gifted and motivated learners located in the mountains of North Carolina. There I was taught that our wildlife was to be respected, not feared, and I learned to walk through the...

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2020 Annual Members Meeting

IWRC held our 2020 Annual Members Meeting Oct 17. A full recording of the meeting is available to members (log in). President Adam Grogan provided a brief presentation on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our other activities this year. Active committees, including Membership; Course Development; Executive; International; Finance; and Development, provided brief updates on their recent work. We thanked our 49 volunteers! Adam then introduced the member slate for our upcoming board election, which will begin November 2: Ashley Ihrke and Lindsey Jones. We gave thanks to outgoing board members Laurin Huse and Lloyd Brown. Executive Director Kai...

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2020 National Veterinary Technician Week

In the United States, October 11th to October 17th, 2020 is National Veterinary Technician Week, which according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions.” Not every wildlife rehabilitator is or has a veterinary technician. However, technicians are certainly part of the wildlife rehabilitation process whether they are on your team as staff, volunteer, or a crucial part of the domestic animal veterinary team which assists rehabbers with the medical care of wildlife. We want to take this opportunity to give a ‘shout out’ to veterinary technicians and nurses across the globe who dedicate their...

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IWRC Member Spotlight: Kristina Madarang Stahl

Our Member Spotlights feature our incredible members across the world, rehabilitating baby penguins in South Africa, sea turtles in Cyprus, bats in the United States, brown bears in Kosovo, and beyond. We invite you to visit our map to meet more members and click here if you are an IWRC member who would like to be featured. Name: Kristina Madarang Stahl Organization: Bear Sanctuary Prishtina and the Bear Care Group Location: Prishtina, Kosovo   IWRC: Hi Kristina! So, tell us a little bit about yourself… Kristina: I’m a bear biologist, philanthropy and communications officer, editor, and board member of the Bear Care Group. I received...

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IWRC Member Spotlight: Frances Bell RVN, DipVNZS, CWR

Our Member Spotlights feature our incredible members across the world, rehabilitating baby penguins in South Africa, sea turtles in Cyprus, bats in the United States, brown bears in Kosovo, and beyond. We invite you to visit our map to meet more members and click here if you are an IWRC member who would like to be featured. Name: Frances Bell RVN, DipVNZS, CWR Organization: Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) Location: Capetown, South Africa IWRC: Hi Frances! So, tell us a little bit about yourself… Frances: I’ve been rehabbing wildlife for the last ten years in Australia, the UK and...

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IWRC Member Spotlight: Michelle Watson

Our Member Spotlights feature our incredible members across the world, rehabilitating baby penguins in South Africa, sea turtles in Cyprus, bats in the United States, brown bears in Kosovo, and beyond. We invite you to visit our map to meet more members and click here if you are an IWRC member who would like to be featured. Name: Michelle Watson Organization: I’m between posts at the moment but run my own “Wildlife Rescue Johannesburg” Facebook page. Location: Johannesburg, South Africa IWRC: Hi Michelle! So, tell us a little bit about yourself… Michelle: I’ve doing rehab since 2007, have worked for all the local rehab...

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IWRC Member Spotlight: Letitia Labbie

Our Member Spotlights feature our incredible members across the world, rehabilitating baby penguins in South Africa, sea turtles in Cyprus, bats in the United States, brown bears in Kosovo, and beyond. We invite you to visit our map to meet more members and click here if you are an IWRC member who would like to be featured. Name: Letitia Labbie Organization: Acadiana Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Location: Youngsville, Louisiana, United States IWRC: Hi Letitia! So, tell us a little bit about yourself… Letitia: I am one of four federally permitted Rehabilitators in the state of Louisiana. I founded Acadiana Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation in...

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IWRC Member Spotlight: Lebanese Wildlife

Our Member Spotlights feature our incredible members across the world, rehabilitating baby penguins in South Africa, sea turtles in Cyprus, bats in the United States, brown bears in Kosovo, and beyond. We invite you to visit our map to meet more members and click here if you are an IWRC member who would like to be featured. Name: Samara P. El-Haddad Organization: Lebanese Wildlife Location: Beirut, Lebanon Important Update: On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, several days after Lebanese Wildlife completed their IWRC Member Spotlight, Beirut was hit by two massive explosions. The devastation caused by these explosions has been far-reaching and Lebanese Wildlife was...

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