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Rehabilitating wildlife can be an extremely rewarding experience. Some people do this year round and others only occasionally. Most species require a prospective rehabber to obtain special permits to be able to rehabilitate birds, mammals or reptiles. For example, protected songbirds require both state and federal permits while protected mammals and reptiles require only state permits. Endangered species require a higher level of state and federal permits. Some non-protected species require no permits at all. Experienced TWRC rehabbers can help you determine what you need should you be interested in rehabbing an animal or bird.

TWRC hosts the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council’s Basic Skills seminar each year. This is a 2-day, hands-on training seminar certified through IWRC where Rehabilitators receive formal training to become wildlife rehabilitators.

Volunteers interested in animal rehabilitation can work as a sub-permitted rehabilitator under the mentorship of a permitted rehabilitator. Becoming a permitted wildlife rehabilitator generally takes from 1.5 to 2 years.

Training for prospective rehabilitators is conducted primarily in-house, and is supplemented by joint training efforts with the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. TWRC requires participants to be at least 21 years of age. TWRC hosts International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council’s Basic Skills seminar each year. This is a 2-day, hands-on training seminar certified through IWRC where Rehabilitators receive formal training to become wildlife rehabilitators.

Upon the volunteer’s completing this training we assist in the acquisition of the various state and federal permits required to rehab wildlife. For more information about becoming a TWRC wildlife rehabilitator, please contact our Rehabilitation Coordinator

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