Join Us 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. Click here to see when the next Volunteer Class is scheduled.
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 consuming A minimum of 5 consecutive hours per week is asked of each volunteer.
It is emotional We work towards the rehabilitation and release of an injured creature who, despite our efforts, may not survive. But despite all this...
It is rewarding In 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.
Learning The 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.
Skills 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.