By: Kara Duffy
February 5, 2014
Quincy, FL- From owls, to pelicans, to possums; wildlife rehabbers across Florida and Georgia must be ready for anything.
"As the season picks up, we're going to start getting babies in," said Stephanie Neumann, the Executive Director of the St. Francis Wildlife Association in Quincy. "Last year, we took in almost 2500 animals, which is a lot when you only have a few people working, so all the volunteers we can get in are really helpful."
The Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association is set to host an all day training session Saturday to teach potential volunteers how to care for the wild.
"Every different segment will feature a person who is an expert in working with a particular animal group," said Chet Powell, the Executive Director of the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association.
Neumann, for example, will be teaching a segment on small mammals.
"What I'm covering in my class, is the basics of how to handle them; if it's an orphan; if it can be reunited with it's parents, that way it doesn't have to come into our facility and can stay out in the wild where it belongs," she said.
"We have two people that will be covering raptors; owls, eagles, hawks and things like that," Powell added. "We also have someone coming up from the Florida Keys who's going to be covering sea birds."
Organizers say almost all wildlife rescue centers are non-profit, therefore every bit of help makes a difference.
"It's such an amazing feeling to be able to put things back into the wild where they belong and to know that you had a hand in doing that," Neumann said.
The 'Basic Emergency Care & Procedure for Injured or Orphaned Wildlife' class will be held Saturday February 8 at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville.
The class will be held in the Health Science Building Lecture Hall (B Building.)
For more information on how you can register, go to: www.georgiawildliferescue.org