Welcome to Symposium 2017

Important Dates | Registration | Schedule | Presentations | Hotel | Other Forms

“The Smallest Footprint”

This year our theme is “The Smallest Footprint” – leaving an ecological footprint as small as those we care for, or sustainability.

As wildlife rehabilitators we are all far too familiar with the consequences our wild neighbors suffer from our society’s practices. Pollution, disposable waste, climate change, poisons, cats, cars, dogs, etc.

CCWR is striving to reduce the ecological footprint left behind by our symposium. To that end we are proud to announce that this year the meals will all be meat free with vegan options as well.

Travel produces a lot of waste and when many travel at once that waste adds up fast. Coffee cups, bottled water, pre-packaged foods, plastic utensils, paper plates and napkins all are used once but spend a lifetime in the landfill.

Help us reduce waste by Carpooling and BYOE: Bring you own Everything!

  • Travel mug – for coffee or tea on the go
  • Water bottle
  • Utensils and cloth napkin – bamboo travel set or just grab a spoon and fork from home
  • Tupperware – for storing leftovers while dining out
  • Bamboo or metal straw – have you seen the sea turtle video? Gruesome!
  • Cloth shopping bags – no bags will be distributed at registration, so bring your own or you can buy one for a nominal fee at the CCWR table in the Marketplace, while supplies last.
  • And don’t forget to carpool

To make waste reduction a little more fun, CCWR Board members will have special “green” raffle tickets they will hand out to those they see using their reusables at the symposium. These limited “green” raffle tickets will be free and valid in any CCWR 2017 Symposium raffle.

Together we can strive to make our symposium a zero waste event!

Important Dates

Aug 14 Online Symposium Registration Opens at Noon
Sep 1 Scholarship Application Deadline
Sep 29 Marketplace Vendor Application Deadline Vendor Application Form
Sep 15 Scholarships Winners Notified
Sep 29 Wild Guardian Award Nomination Deadline Wild Guardian Nomination Form
Oct 18 Hotel Rate Expires
Oct 20 Online Symposium Registration Closes
Oct 27 Symposium Registration at the Hotel


Links to the registration forms will be available at noon on August 14 and closes at 5pm October 20.

  • CCWR active member registration $75
    • You must login to receive the reduced rate.
  • Non-member registration $115
    • If you join CCWR for one year at $35 and use your new member login, you will save $5 and get a full year of membership benefits.
  • Laboratory Session $15
  • Dinner $25

Current CCWR Members should go to https://ccwr.org/symposium/member-products/. You must login to the site to view this page and obtain the member registration rate of $75. Other products (labs, workshops, dinner) are also available for purchase.If you have forgotten your password, visit https://ccwr.org/lost-password/ to reset your password or request a one-time-use link by email.

Nonmembers visit https://ccwr.org/symposium/products/ to register for the symposium at the rate of $115. Other products are also available for purchase. You can join CCWR as an individual for one year at a cost of $35 and use your new member login to obtain the member registration rate – an overall savings of $5 and one year of membership.

NOTE: The first 20 paid registrants will receive a free logo t-shirt at the symposium. WRMD has sponsored the shirt to offset costs. These are organic, unisex shirts in black or blue (Full view of shirts). Shirts will be for sale at the registration desk Friday evening and at the CCWR Marketplace table after that. Shirts are $15 each.


Schedule is posted (PDF or webpage)

Here are some highlights:

October 27 (Friday) – Registration desk open and complementary evening reception for hotel guests (beverages, beer, cocktails and light snacks). Marketplace vendors will be open and positioned in the foyer for easy access. Stop by and see what they have to offer!

October 28 (Saturday) – The day starts with exercise classes (yoga), with the CCWR General Meeting at 9:00 am and the keynote presentation at 9:30: “A Future for California’s Mountain Lions” by Lynn Cullens, Executive Director, Mountain Lion Foundation.

Concurrent sessions and labs continue throughout the day, ending at 5:30. All of the rooms are in close proximity, so moving between them is easy. Lunch from 12:30 – 1:30. The Marketplace vendors will be open all day during the sessions. Raffle items will be available for bidding (with your purchased or “green” tickets), with items closing at various times during the day and winners will be announced. Complementary hotel reception is open in the evening for hotel guests.

October 29 (Sunday) – Again the days starts with exercise classes and the first concurrent sessions at 9:30 am. Two sessions of an Avian Wash Lab will be offered (morning and afternoon) and held at Pacific Wildlife Care. Other labs, including Avian Physical Exam, will be offered on site. Lunch from 12:30 – 1:30. The Marketplace vendors will be open all day during the sessions. Raffle items will be available for bidding (with your raffle tickets), with items closing at various times during the day and winners announced. Silent auction items will be available for bidding throughout the day.

The buffet dinner on Sunday will be meat-free and have vegan options. The silent auction tables will be closed at immediately after dinner and the winners announced, leaving plenty of time to network with your peers.

October 30 (Monday) – Concurrent sessions and labs start at 8:30 am and ending with a final closeout session at 11:30. Please stay to give us your input!


There are still a few presentations and labs to be added to the schedule, but you can view current list, with abstracts and presenter bios. This page will be updated as new presentations are scheduled. When the schedule is complete, it will be posted and members alerted.


NOTE: Unfortunately, the CCWR rooms set aside at the Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton in San Luis Obispo are all taken. We have already bumped up the number of rooms from the initial contract and the hotel is not willing to add more rooms to the block.

One of the more complicated aspects of planning this event each year is estimating how many rooms to reserve. If we book too many, CCWR has to pay for the unused rooms out of pocket; too few, and our members have to pay more or seek accommodations elsewhere. We appear to have more people attending than we’d anticipated, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

There are a number of hotels in the area. You can use this link to find hotels near the symposium that might have availability. There are also vacation rentals available, if a group of people want to rent together. See VRBO or AIRBNB. We will also be putting out a call for those who might want to share their room and/or carpool.

Alternate housing arrangements are being discussed on the Gaggle email group. If you are not a member and want to be added, I can add you to the list (just email me at ruth@ccwr.org).

The 2017 Symposium will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton San Luis Obispo (333 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405) with sessions scheduled for October 28-30. Festivities begin Friday, October 27, with registration, reception, and opening of the Marketplace.

The only way to reserve a room under the group rate of $149/night (plus taxes) is to call 1-805-549-0800 and use the code XCK for the CCWR rooms.

NOTE: The first 20 people who reserve a room for the symposium using the XCK code will be entered into a drawing for one free night stay!

The hotel was recently renovated and offer many amenities:

  • Recently renovated spacious two-room suite with a separate bedroom and living space with a sleeper sofa, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, two telephones with voice mail and two LCD screen televisions
  • All two-room suites are non-smoking
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast served each morning in our Greenhouse Grille, Lobby Level
  • Two-hour hosted Evening Reception presented nightly in our Lobby Lounge and Garden Atrium
  • Free self-serve parking
  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle to and from the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport and the Amtrak Train Station 7:00am  -11:00pm
  • Complimentary Internet in Suites

Other Forms

Wild Guardian Award Nomination

While every wildlife rehabilitator is considered special to CCWR we are looking for someone who is a real inspiration to our community.

  • Do you know someone who has inspired you as a Wildlife Rehabilitator?
  • Someone who has gone over and beyond the norm?
  • A person who has shown extraordinary skills, compassion and knowledge in the field of rehabilitation?
  • Perhaps they have overcome obstacles while working with wildlife?

CCWR wants to hear about these Wild Guardians and NEEDS your help to identify them.

Please fill out the online nomination form and submit before September 29, 2017 for the nominee to be recognized at the 2017 symposium.

Scholarship Application

Generous donors (CCWR, the Wm. Jessen Memorial Fund, and the McDunn Family Trust) have made three scholarships available for the 2017 symposium. The scholarships are intended to help defray expenses to allow you to attend the symposium.

To be nominated, you need to be an active CCWR member or work at an organization that has an active membership. Previous winners are not eligible.

A scholarship consists of one symposium registration, a dinner ticket, one lab admission, one-year membership in CCWR, and a check for $300 – total value $450. The checks will be awarded to the recipients at the Symposium general meeting and you must be present to accept the check.

Scholarship applications are closed for 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified by September 15, 2017.

Marketplace Vendor Application

Vendor tables will be out in the Foyer near the conference rooms, not in a separate room. A locked storage area will be available to secure products overnight.

Table rental for one 8′ table is $75 for the entire event. Additional tables are $50 each.

If know someone who might be interested in participating in the 2017 Symposium, please ask them to fill out the online application form. They will be contacted by the Marketplace Coordinator (rachel@ccwr.org) to confirm details. Application deadline is August 31.