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Vann Masvidal, President
Bird Ally X
Vann Masvidal has been rehabilitating wildlife at various centers throughout Northern California since 2005. He is currently co-director of the aquatic bird rehabilitation group Bird Ally X. His favorite species to work with are Yellow Billed Magpies and Brown Pelicans. In serving on the CCWR board, he hopes to be of greater use to California’s wildlife by helping facilitate the sharing of knowledge between rehabilitators throughout our diverse and beautiful state.
Kathy Bolen, Vice President
Critter Creek Wildlife Station
I am a transport/rehabilitation volunteer for Critter Creek Wildlife Station, located just outside the City of Fresno on the way to Kings Canyon. I rehabilitate songbirds and squirrels.
Career-wise, I have a degree in Biomedical Engineering and worked as a Vascular Technician at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego for 11 years. Another career move had me attending and graduating from the Regional Police Academy and serving on the San Diego Police Department for 25 years.
I take great pride in making friends with those who find our wildlife, letting them know the important role they have served in caring enough to hold on to that creature until we can retrieve it.
I am also a falconer and love to use my birds as educational ambassadors.
My interest in being on the CCWR Board of Directors is to improve the communication between wildlife rehabilitators not only statewide, but directly within Region 4. It would be so useful to be able to share information with others in the Central Valley in regards to volunteers, rehabilitation trends, medical and veterinary practices.
Nancy Barbachano, Secretary
Wildlife Care of Sacramento
Nancy started out as a pre-school teacher and then became a paralegal, working in that field until she retired. She has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for about 15 years. She is a feather only-everything from hummingbirds to hawks. She started in 1997 with Sierra Wildlife Rescue, working her way up from volunteering twice a week to being President. She ran their intake center and also served as songbird team leader and education committee. She is currently rehabilitating with Wildlife Care Association in Sacramento and Gold Country Wildlife Rescue in Auburn.
She is very active in her county as she lives in a section that other rehabilitation groups may not service. The local Veterinarians and animal services directly refer birds to her. She specializes in Woodpeckers and obtains them from all over Northern California She is currently working on a study with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology on acorn woodpeckers and whether or not they can be incorporated into an existing colony.
She thinks it is important for all rehabilitators to continue to educate themselves so they can provide the best possible care to patients. She thinks networking is important as we are all in this together for a common goal. She would like to participate in education and outreach so we can get the best possible people with the most experience helping us. She also believes CCWR needs to make the general public aware of what we do and get more people involved.
Sharron Baird, Treasurer
I began rehabilitating wildlife 18 years ago when I had trees cut down that contained a nest with three tiny tree squirrels. In spite of what I did, they grew healthy and strong and after release they raised several litters of their own. Subsequently I worked at getting my own permit and continuing my education on wildlife care. I have had my own permit for several years and I primarily work with small mammals. I am a 501 (c) 3 organization and have both federal and state tax exemptions. My website can be found at www.squirrelmender.com. Last year I took in almost 300 animals.
I have completed most of the IWRC education classes as well as attend their annual conferences. At a member of NWRA I have volunteered to set up their mammal sessions for their annual symposium and have been a moderator for several years. I have presented several times and will be presenting at 2013 symposium.
I have a firm commitment to CCWR as I strongly believe that wildlife rehabilitation is a profession and not a hobby (as many see it) and the need for a committed voice to the public is necessary. I have been impressed with the growth and accomplishments of our state group and their support of the rehabilitator as a liaison with DFW.
As a small, home-based rehabilitator, I understand the pressing needs of the individual; as a member of the CCWR board previously, I have spent time talking to individuals and facilities to get to know them, their concerns, and the best way to represent them as a whole.
I founded the Conejo Free Clinic in 1976 which provided legal and medical services to those who had no access to such services. I worked as executive director of that organization until my retirement at the end of 2008. I always have felt the need to speak for all of the voiceless, whether they are homeless, people in need, or our native wildlife. I sincerely thank the dedicated wildlife rehabilitators in California for the opportunity and honor of serving on the CCWR board.
Members at Large
Veronica Bowers is the director and founder of Native Songbird Care and Conservation, located in Sebastopol. NSCC is a wildlife rehabilitation facility devoted exclusively to the care of native passerines. At NSCC, she is responsible for providing care to over 600 songbirds each year, recruiting and training her volunteers, raising funds to cover her operating costs, responding to approximately 3000 calls annually from the public, and providing field rescue and transport of birds to her facility.
Veronica is devoted passerines and teaching others about them. She is committed to improving standard of care for passerines in wildlife rehabilitation and teaches songbird rehabilitation classes around the country. She presents educational outreach programs to community groups in her local area and serves as a docent with environmental groups teaching children and adults about wildlife and native habitats.
Veronica enjoys the educational opportunities and resource sharing offered through the CCWR. She deeply values the networking opportunities with other rehabilitators throughout the state. As a home-based wildlife rehabilitator, she feels especially fortunate that we have such a strong state organization that does so much to provide these resources and make them readily available to all of us. As a member of the CCWR board, Veronica wishes to focus her energy on representing our members and California’s wildlife through her efforts on the Membership and Advocacy Committees.
Dr. Shannon Riggs DVM
Pacific Wildlife Care
Shannon Riggs received her DVM from UC Davis in 2002. This was followed by an internship in Bird/Zoo/Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at Louisiana State University and a residency in Companion Avian/Pet Exotic Medicine and Surgery at UC Davis. From 2006-2009, she acted as the clinical veterinarian for the San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center and was the response veterinarian for the Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay in 2007. In 2009, Shannon co-founded the wildlife rehabilitation and education group BirdAllyX and remains a member of its board of directors. From 2010-2012, she was the Associate Veterinarian and, subsequently, Director of Veterinary Services at Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. Shannon is currently the Director of Animal Care for Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay.
Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley
I’ve been a member of CCWR since 2013 and involved in ENews!!!, biannual newsletter layout/formatting, website maintenance, scholarship committee, and the symposia for the past 2 years.
I have a BS in Biology and Chemistry and a MS in Molecular Biology. I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford for almost 22 years before I was able to take an early retirement, where I could spend more time working for and with animals. At SLAC I managed content on one of the largest websites in the world, which was also the first website in the US. I spent six years in Environment, Safety and Health training, two years in assurance, and the remaining time in project management, where I built online systems to help manage large projects.
I started volunteering at WCSV in August of 2011, when I was contemplating retirement. In January 2013, I was promoted to shift captain. I continue to volunteer from 4-8 hours each week at the center doing animal care and database assistance. I have been responsible for layout and formatting the biannual newsletter, Tracks, since 2012. I have worked with just about all types of animals that we get in care from baby birds, opossums, squirrels, raptors, and predatory mammals – of all ages – and even a few amphibians and reptiles. I am authorized to release animals as they are ready and I am often asked to photograph the releases for online and print publications. In February 2015, I also started volunteering one shift each week at the Youth Science Institute at Alum Rock Park, doing animal care and working with their ambassador animals.
I am the Director of Corvid Connection. Corvid Connection uses live wild (permanently injured) birds to educate the public about wildlife related issues.
We do over 300 programs a year and also act as a wildlife rehabilitation sub-permittee for organizations such as Wildcare and Lindsay Wildlife Experience. I have been working in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and education for 30 years. My experience includes acting as Corvid Species Manager for a local center, raptor handling including eagles, consulting with local centers, including Wildcare on the training of educational animals, supervising and training volunteers, presenting wildlife papers and advising rehabilitators countrywide on Corvid related issues.
I have been a member of CCWR almost since it’s beginning. CCWR is enabling the rehabilitators and educators of California to become more knowledgeable and professional. The more professional we are, the more our input will be recognized and valued by the public and state and federal governments. My main focus is training and education.
CCWR Founding Director
Originally from the state of Florida, I have been involved with wildlife rehabilitation since 1980. I was an active member at Santa Rosa Bird Rescue Center for over 15 years and since 1994, I have served on the Sonoma County Fish and Wildlife Commission. As a long time member of both NWRA and IWRC, I served for 5 years as a board member of IWRC. Among other projects completed while on the IWRC Board of Directors, I worked on the accreditation for rehabilitation centers.
As one of the founding board members of CCWR, I served as president for many of those years. I, along with your other Board members, believe that wildlife rehabilitators have developed better networking throughout the state thanks to work completed by the by the organization. I feel CCWR has bridged many gaps between the wildlife rehabilitation community and the Department of Fish and Game.
Honorary Board Members
Honorary board Member
I began working in in the field of wildlife rehabilitation in 1985 and established the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona California. After creating an extensive networking system with other groups in the area to ensure for the care of all wildlife species, our 1-acre center specialized in the care of large mammals and birds. The Fund responded to all wildlife calls on a 7/24 basis. The center also had a Restricted Species Permit and was a regular recipient of wild animals confiscated by CDFG.
I was selected as one of the first members of the Board of Directors for CCWR and remained on the board for 17 years. During this time I served as board President. In August of 2010, I retired as Director of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center and from the Board of Directors of CCWR. I still am on two committees for the CCWR.
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Todd Cecil, DVM, DABVP-Avian
Pet Emergency and Specialty Center
I started my career working with exotic animals and wildlife while employed as a zookeeper at the San Francisco Zoo and a volunteer at the Coyote Point Nature Museum. At the San Francisco Zoo’s Animal Resource Center, I gained great knowledge of handling, care, and nutrition of many wildlife species, kept as tamed education animals. As a volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, a sense of medical triage and recovery would become a useful tool for my future career as a veterinarian. During veterinary school, I selected a zoological medicine track with an emphasis in zoological, wildlife and aquatic species and received my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis in June of 1994. Externships at many zoological parks, aquaria and wildlife facilities led to an internship position in avian, exotic and wildlife medicine.
As a private practitioner in the San Diego area for over 15 years, I have been treating avian, exotic and wildlife species exclusively. Three years ago I joined the team at the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center, anchoring a newly established Avian/Exotic Service. The PESC encourages communication between the different services (Emergency & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Avian/Exotics) in order to implement the best possible care for all patients. Personally, I am involved with multiple wildlife rehabilitation groups, working with species from fish to raptors, focusing on individual animal health, population dynamics and habitat ecology.
I believe we, as a veterinary and animal health care community, can offer wildlife species the same high level of medicine that is offered our canine and feline companions. Modalities such as a complete physical examinations, radiology, blood work and microbiology are vital diagnostic criteria routinely performed at our practice. The implementation of specialized diagnostics including serology, ultrasonography and endoscopy/laparoscopy can be arranged to better care for animals on their way to recovery.