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January 15th, 2009

brand new @ 09:09 am

Hi, I'm April. I'm brand new to this community and have come with a question...

I was wondering if there were any degrees/certs out there for wildlife rehab/biology that didn't require a lot of math. I have learning disabilities in math to a pretty extreme level and feel its really holding me back from doing what I love because I'm unable to accomplish upper level classes of math and chem classes needed for any science degree I've ever looked at.

I would LOVE to have a job working with some sort of wildlife/rehabing wildlife. Any thoughts or suggestions?

December 8th, 2008

"Dancing" Kestrel Update @ 02:43 pm

Regarding my previous post, I have composed an update, prompted by constructive criticism offered by master falconers.

November 9th, 2008

Dancing Kestrels @ 10:09 pm

I had not expected such an animated greeting from Kestrels!

September 11th, 2008

Intro @ 06:31 pm

Hi I thought I would introduce myself since I just joined. My name is Nat and I'm Australian. I've been caring for wildlife for about1 1/2 years now and I'm just now raising my third brushtail possum joey. I'm also a wildlife science student at the University of Queensland and have nearly finished my degree.

I was wondering for all you you in the US, are there care groups over there that you join and get advice from? In Australia we generally join a care group and have to go to workshops to be given animals. Permits are under the care groups name and they will only have on it the animals which you are at that time allowed to care for. I think it works really well.

Anyway I'll attack some photos of my joey, his name is Bryant, he is we guess about 4 months old. Brushtail possums are born very small about .2grams and about 10-12mm in length, furless, eyes closed much like a macropod.

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September 2nd, 2008

New To Rehabbing @ 01:00 pm

I grew up in the woods of rural Virginia, and have always had a great respect for wilderness. It's my spirituality, to be exact. I grew up wanting to be a vet, which I no longer feel I have in me, but still the dream was there.

Yesterday my mother's coworker brought us a woodpecker she had witnessed being hit by the car infront of her. He was okay other than his wing, he was very active but could not fly. We took him to the Wildlife Center Of Virginia. It's an AMAZING facility. I was astounded at the beauty of the place. Unfortunately, the bird had to be euthanized as he would never fly again and his quality of life would be greatly reduced if he was allowed to live it out in a cage.

The center offer courses in wildlife rehabilation, which is something I would love to be able to do. I plan to take some and eventually get my license.

I'm not naive or anything and believe things like all animals can be saved. I definitely respect that I am not going to be working with pets which I am going to cuddle with and have as lifelong companions. Infact, I don't want to work with pets (one of the reasons I decided Vetinary Medicine was not for me.... That and I'm not a math person).

I am excited to be on this journey. I hope I can volunteer lots at the wildlifecenter.org/


August 11th, 2008

Lizards @ 03:18 am

Howdy, I'm looking for some advice or someone to point me in the right direction. I've been having a bit of a problem with these lizards/ geckos that keep getting into my apartment. It's not that I don't want them here, but I have two indoor cats. I keep them inside so they don't harm wildlife. They roughed up one before I could get to it. It looked physically ok, but I haven't seen it in days.

The lizards seem like they can only get in through our door. The first time two of them ran into the apartment and I had to bolt to save both of them before my cats got them. The second and third time it was just one of them that keeps running in.

My fear is that either I won't notice them run in and the cats get to them before I can, or I accidentally step on one of them as they're running in. Are they staying here because I keep putting them back pretty close to my apartment door? Would it be better if I went to my back yard and put them in a tree... but then I'm afraid of a bird getting them. My fiance and I figure they're hanging out where they are because we don't get a lot of bird visitors by the front door.

Any help would be appreciated. I like my little neighbors, but I don't want anymore bad things to happen to them. :(

August 9th, 2008

Skunk smell and rabies vaccinations @ 07:30 pm

Current Mood: dirty malodorous

Today I was cleaning an animal carrier that previously was used to house a skunk, and now I'm noticing that my clothes stink like skunk!  (I don't actually get to handle skunks yet, because I haven't had rabies shots.)  Any advice on how to get the smell out of my clothing?  I read something about soaking them in tomato sauce, but that doesn't seem to make a lot of sense (trade in the stench for stains?). 

Also, I wonder if anyone knows anything about the current availability of pre-exposure rabies vaccines in the U.S.  I tried to get them a couple of months ago but my doctor said he couldn't do it because there's a rabies vaccination shortage right now and they're only giving post-exposure shots.  (Here's info from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/RABIES/news/2008-07-31_RabVaxupdate.html) Has anyone heard when they're going to start giving the pre-exposure shots again? 

July 28th, 2008

Help in NYC? @ 06:37 pm

Current Mood: nervous nervous

Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting here. I love reading this community page as rehabbing is something I have no experience in but is a dream. I have a question. My friend in Coney Island rents a huge ballroom for her business and there is a pigeon stuck near the ceiling. He's been there for a few days and he won't fly out. We have both called our respective vets to ask for a referral to someone who can help and they suggested we call the city. I called the city and they said they don't have anyone but an exterminator and we are afraid they will kill it. Any advice on what we can do next?

Please help. Thank you!

July 8th, 2008

Duck Plague @ 04:10 pm

Current Mood: crushed crushed

I just found out that all the ducks in the MN Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic waterfowl nursery that my daughters and I were going to be working with on Sunday mornings (we started this past Sunday) had to be euthanized because some of them died of Duck Plague, a very contagious virus. There were about 200 of them.

Very sad.

July 5th, 2008

(no subject) @ 02:05 pm

I have a friend who is over in Afghanistan right now. I talked to him today online and he told me that a local came up to him and showed him a picture of a baby brown bear. Apparently his the locals friend had captured it and they were planning to eat it. Well, my friend offered to buy the bear from them and now he's getting the bear tomorrow and doesn't know what to do with it.

As you can see, this is quite the situation.

Would any sanctuaries in the US be able to help him? I know of some places that have done rescue missions in Mexico and places like that, but I don't know if anybody would help considering the war situation. The bear is far too young to be on it's own and still needs to be fed by it's mother, so it's a pretty difficult situation. If anybody has any advise, information on nursing bear cubs, or contact information for US sanctuaries, that would really be a big help!

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