Welcome to the PAWS Academy Wildlife Seminars
A series of formal educational presentations focused on the professional field of wildlife rehabilitation.
As defined by the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA), wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment and temporary care of injured, diseased, and displaced indigenous wildlife and the subsequent return of healthy animals to appropriate habitats in the wild. Since the early 1980s, these practices have advanced to a worldwide collaboration between people of diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise sharing a common goal of helping animals and relieving pain and suffering.
In this series, we cover the principles, philosophy, and ethics of wildlife rehabilitation; the extraordinary medical care that goes into treating a wild animal and returning it to its natural habitat; and the everyday person’s role in ensuring the conservation and well-being of wild animals. Wildlife rehabilitation would not be what it is today without the many dedicated volunteers, students, and members of the general public who share the same level of concern for wild animal welfare.
Wild animals can be unpredictable in their behaviors, especially when they are frightened or injured. Encountering a compromised wild animal is therefore often intimidating, as the animal’s natural reaction is to defend itself in a time of stress. Many wildlife rehabilitation centers rely on the goodwill of the finder to capture and bring the animal to them, as resources for dedicated rescue and transport teams are limited. PAWS Wildlife Center wants you to feel prepared the next time you come across an injured wild animal, so we invite you to come learn about wildlife scenarios and safe capture methods by joining us for PAWS Academy Wildlife Seminars: Small Steps, Big Difference on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Mukilteo Public Library.