Volunteering at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center
can be fun and rewarding. The WWCC is always in need of
volunteers ages 18 and up. If you are interested in becoming a
volunteer, please call us at (714) 374-5587. When the list of
interested volunteers grows large enough to schedule a volunteer
class, you will be contacted with the details.
Here are a few
things to consider before getting involved with
wildlife rehabilitation at the WWCC:
It is not a petting zoo
We care for
animals who will hopefully be returned to the wild. Their survival
depends upon them not becoming imprinted on humans.
It is not glamorous
There is a variety of work
to be done at the center. Most of the work requires us to roll
up our sleeves and get dirty. Typical work involves cleaning cages,
washing dishes, doing endless laundry and cleaning more cages.
It is time consumingA minimum of 5 consecutive
hours per week is asked of each volunteer.
It is emotionalWe work towards the
rehabilitation and release of an injured creature who, despite our
efforts, may not survive. But despite all this...
It is rewardingIn
return, you may get to watch a sick or injured animal recover its
health. You may get to hold open the cage door as a rehabilitated bird
is released into the wild. Or you may nurture an orphaned baby who may
mature and raise its own family in the wild.
Under Our Wings - Teen Education
Our Wings is an exciting, hands-on wildlife rehabilitation education
program for students aged 16 and older.
LearningThe program teaches wildlife
rehabilitation and animal husbandry - everything from the math of
calculating calories for proper animal feeding to the biology of
animal diseases and anatomy. Students learn the natural history of the
animals native to Orange County and the geography of migration that
brings animal visitors from as far away as Canada and Chile.
Responsibility is emphasized in the program; our responsibility as
citizens to care for the environment and the students' individual
responsibility to arrive on time, follow rules, ask questions and work
hard. Students learn team-building skills working in small groups with
experienced staff learning to handle and care for wild animals. They
learn proper sanitation techniques and the reasons for them. Time
management, adaptability and working calmly under stress are all part
of the daily curriculum at our busy, ever-changing facility.
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