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Wildlife groups gather at lake

Staff reports

Wildlife rehabbers from all over the world will be at Lake Tahoe March 13 through March 18 for the 19th annual National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association symposium. NWRA is a nonprofit international membership organization committed to promoting and improving the integrity and professionalism of wildlife rehabilitation and contributing to the preservation of natural ecosystems.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is the host group and it is the second time in less than 10 years that they have welcomed wildlife people to the Tahoe Basin for such an event.

The theme of the symposium is “Healing the Whole – Body and Spirit” and the week will be filled with seminars, workshops and featured speakers who are knowledgeable on wildlife rehabilitation.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care has been caring for orphaned and injured wild birds and animals since April 1978, when their home base was at Camp Richardson. In 1983 they moved their “center,” which is also the home of Tom and Cheryl Millham, to their current location on Cherry Hills Circle just off Elks Club Drive. Caring for more than 16,000 animals, LTWC has released more than 10,000 back to the wild, giving them a second chance at life. Just last year, they were the first wildlife rehab group in the state of California to receive permission from Fish and Game to care for orphaned bear cubs.

The symposium will start March 13 with an ice-breaker and conference activities will get into full swing on March 14. More than 500 people who work hands-on with orphaned and injured indigenous wildlife will attend the symposium. This eclectic mix of participants demonstrate many levels of rehabilitation – from novice rehabilitators raising orphan squirrels in their homes to international experts treating animal victims of oil spills. Others attending and sharing their knowledge include biologists, veterinarians, government officials and educational professionals.

Sessions will include workshops on falconry, setting broken wings and necropsy, talks on reptile critical care and internal parasites and a night of fun and games for conference participants call “Wildlife Olympics.”

Anyone interested in attending the conference may just go to the Horizon Casino Resort Convention Center. They may pay for the entire symposium or for a one-day registration. The seminars will conclude Saturday afternoon.

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