NCWC will be at the Colonie Center Craft & Vendor Fair

Saturday May 7 & Sunday May 8. Come celebrate Mother’s Day with live turtles & raptors & wildlife crafts, visit us at the Colonie Shopping Mall Craft & Vendor Fair!

Free Caring for Wildlife Classes on Zoom – Spring 2022 (click to see the full list of classes)

Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation

Sunday, February 27, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

Who are the wildlife rehabilitators and what do they do? In this introductory class, you will learn what wildlife rehabilitation is and the role wildlife rehabilitators play in your community. You will also hear from Cara, an experienced rehabber, about the realities of wildlife rehabilitation and the challenges rehabbers face, whether they are newbies or have years of experience. In NYS wildlife rehabilitators are licensed volunteers that work from their home. Is wildlife rehabilitation right for you?  Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation is a great class if you are considering becoming a wildlife rehabilitator or would just like to become a more informed supporter of the rehabbers you know.

To register for a class, fill out the NCWC Google Sign Up Sheet and a Zoom link will be emailed to you:  CLASS IS FULL, CHECK BACK FOR THE NEXT DATE

Wildlife Rescue: Handling and Transport

Sunday, March 13th, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

Getting an injured or orphaned animal from where they were found into the care of a wildlife rehabilitator is one of North Country Wild Care’s biggest challenges, and volunteer wildlife transporters often save the day. In this class, Cara will teach you how to safely contain and transport wildlife, including the basic equipment you will need, strategies for handling different kinds of animals, what to do once the animal is in your car, and the ever-important topic of paperwork. This class is ideal for both beginning rehabilitators and those who are not wildlife rehabbers but would still like to help.

To register for a class, fill out the NCWC Google Sign Up Sheet and a Zoom link will be emailed to you:  https://forms.gle/GzbatNE8txK8Bu8x5

Becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator: Exam Prep and Licensing

Sunday, March 27th, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

New York’s wildlife rehabilitator licensing exam is coming up in April. In NYS all wildlife rehabilitators are volunteers who are licensed by the state to aid inured or orphaned wildlife in their home. The NY State offers the licensing exam twice a year in April and August.  This class will help you prepare. You will find out how to register, what you must know going into the exam, and what happens after you pass. Cara will help you focus on the essentials and expand your understanding of the regulations and calculations so you can feel confident on test day. 

To register for a class, fill out the NCWC Google Sign Up Sheet and a Zoom link will be emailed to you: https://forms.gle/MtV2q2YK3WnHJT5i8

Wildlife Rehabilitation: Caring for Orphaned Baby Mammals

Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

Open to licensed rehabilitators and those pursuing their license, Caring for Orphaned Baby Mammals gives you the knowledge you will need to raise baby squirrels, opossums, bunnies, and other small mammals. You will learn the steps to take from intake to release, including initial stabilization, formula feeding, and weaning and how to avoid “rehab fails” from Cara, an experienced wildlife rehabilitator.

To register for a class, fill out the NCWC Google Sign Up Sheet and a Zoom link will be emailed to you: https://forms.gle/X3BDRPZuJkpRTuRH9

Wildlife Rehabilitation: Caring for Orphaned Birds

Sunday, May 15th, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

The Caring for Orphaned Birds class is open to those who are apprenticed to or are interested in becoming apprenticed to a Federally licensed bird rehabilitator, as well as licensed rehabbers who would like to brush up on their knowledge. You will learn the basics of nestling and fledgling care from intake to release, including species and age identification, initial stabilization, feeding, housing, and other issues from Cara Huffman, an experienced wildlife rehabilitator.

To register for a class, fill out the NCWC Google Sign Up Sheet and a Zoom link will be emailed to you: https://forms.gle/PQByLLZrmWoromhb6

Cara Huffman, NCWC Instructor

Cara is a Veterinary Technician and NYS Licenses Wildlife Rehabilitator who has been working with wildlife for over 30 years.  Originally from California, Cara volunteered for a local animal shelter that did wildlife rehabilitation.  Once she got into the program and started caring for injured and orphaned wildlife, she was hooked.  After completing school and a veterinary technician program, she went on to help develop a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in California. Cara moved to New York in 2000 and immediately hooked up with local rehabilitators and got her NYS rehab license. Cara primarily rehabs mammals and birds…from tiny hummingbird nestlings to the beloved bald eagle, from ‘pinky’ opossum neonates to countless orphaned squirrels, foxes, skunks, ermines, woodchucks, black bears and bobcats, with the occasional reptile and amphibian!   Cara currently works at Schroon River Animal Hospital and is a longtime founding member of North Country Wild Care. Cara’s permanent animal friends are her four cats (Io, Elbee, Sebastian, and Kaelas) and one energetic black lab (Mongo).

Feb 23: Answering the Call: Volunteering on the Wildlife Emergency Hotline

Free presentation Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 7:00pm ET! Please register to get the Zoom link: https://forms.gle/5LHXPRPeZWMKphAJ6

North Country Wild Care volunteers answer calls to the wildlife emergency hotline every day. Most are not wildlife rehabilitators, but they are just as dedicated to assisting wildlife. There are no typical hotline shifts. One day you might help baby bunnies get to a rehabber, and another you might coordinate the rescue of an injured owl. Join Trish Marki, our hotline coordinator, to find out how you can join the team right from your home and answer the call for wildlife!