Participate in Research

 

Researchers are interested in studying wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation and they need our help. Click on one of the below studies to learn more and see what you can contribute!

Wildlife Rehab Compassion Fatigue and Life Stressors Survey

Antibiotic use for Pouch Orphaned Opossums

Urban Wildlife Data Needed

Comparative Ocular Study

Wildlife Rehab Compassion Fatigue and Life Stressors Survey

This survey is collecting info on compassion fatigue and how it relates specifically to rehabbers. If you don't mind, please take a brief survey consisting of a few questions and the ProQOL measure. Your individual answers are confidential, but the data gained from this will be used in future articles/presentations. The survey takes about 8-10 minutes to complete.

Thank you in advance and please feel free to share with other wildlife rehabilitation experts. The more data that can be collected, the more meaningful the results will be for wildlife rehabbers.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YV6MYC5

Questions can be sent to Stephanie at encounterswithsentientbeings@gmail.com

 

Antibiotic use for Pouch Orphaned Opossums

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is collecting information to determine whether the use of antibiotics in Virginia opossum pouch young found on dead mothers is warranted.

Currently, it is standard protocol in many wildlife rehabilitation settings (including WCV) to place pouch young found on dead mothers on a short course of antibiotics to prevent enteritis associated with consumption of rancid milk. There is little science supporting this practice, and there is growing concern about non-judicious use of antibiotics leading to widespread resistance. WCV has spent the past two summers gathering data on antibiotic use in these opossums in a case-control clinical trial.

Please help us by filling out this survey. It is anonymous and should only take you 2-3 minutes. We plan to publish the results of this survey along with the results of our clinical trial.

Thanks for your participation!

Dr. Dana and Dr. Rich  

Urban Wildlife Data Needed

Wildlife rehabilitation centers are being asked to share information from their intake records to assist in the development of a comprehensive list of urban wildlife species. Study results will be published in the upcoming 3rd edition of Urban Wildlife Management, written by Dr. Clark Adams and Dr. Kieran Lindsey (Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation editor).

 

This call is directed primarily at rehabilitation centers in urban areas, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau:  "Urban Areas (UAs) of 50,000 or more people, and Urban Clusters (UCs) of at least 2,500 and less than 50,000 people."  In other words, rehab centers located in metropolitan areas (cities and suburbs), or receive the majority of their intakes from these areas.

 

This study has two primary goals:  1) to demonstrate that urban/suburban habitats support a richly diverse community of wildlife species; and 2) to increase awareness of the important contribution wildlife rehabilitation and rehabilitators can make to scientific inquiry and a more complete understanding of the natural world.

 

The researchers understand this is the busiest time of year for wildlife rehabilitation centers and are requesting a simple report that should not take long to generate if the center maintains electronic records.

 

The information requested is as follows:
Ideally, the report would follow this format (Excel spreadsheet preferred; Word documents acceptable):
Centers willing to participate should contact Dr. Kieran Lindsey (jwr.editor@theiwrc.org) ASAP for additional instructions for report submission.

Comparative Ocular Study

The Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin is looking for specimens for their research library. They are specifically looking for formalin - fixed heads of recently dead (no more than three hours) of the following:

  • Screech Owl head

Please contact Dick Dubielzig at dubielzr@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu or visit http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/pbs/dubielzig/pages/coplow/advice.html for more information.

 

 

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