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Lots of ways to help IBRRC save more birds – become a volunteer today!

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The people at IBRRC are dedicated to maintaining the highest level of animal care available. And at the same time, IBRRC strives to improve medical and husbandry techniques for aquatic birds in captivity.

We are proud of the consistently high standard of care we are able to provide for our patients. This is largely due to the dedication and support of our volunteers who participate in every aspect of the rehabilitation process. Their involvement is vital and directly impacts the successful return of animals to the wild.

If you want to help wildlife and be part of a dedicated team, check out our programs to find which one fits you best.

Requirements: You must be at least 18 years old, have a sincere desire to help wildlife, become a member of IBRRC, commit to at least a four-hour shift a week, be dependable, responsible and able to take direction.

We have three levels of volunteers:

Level one

Volunteers work directly with a mentor and staff to learn how to properly perform basic hospital duties such as cleaning cages, doing laundry, preparing food, and helping to take care of the pools. When these skills are mastered, you can achieve level two if you choose.

Level two

Volunteers may come to IBRRC with experience gained from other centers, education through the National Wildlife Rehabilitators' Association (NWRA) or IBRRC skills seminars, or a desire to gain these skills through hands-on experience at IBRRC and continuing education in wildlife rehabilitation. Level two volunteers are comfortable with capture and restraint, weighing patients, measuring medication, giving medication, tubing, updating the medical records and assisting staff with patient evaluations.

Level three

Volunteers who are highly experienced, have training as a vet tech or have worked in a veterinary hospital or wildlife rehabilitation facility for many years or have special skills that they are especially proficient at.

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Northern California

Southern California

See also:

Wings on wheels

Facilities support

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