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2017 Symposium Agenda – Saturday

8:00 AM
Los Osos
 
Easy Yoga
The classes offered this weekend will be of mixed styles and gentle in flow. They are intended for people all levels of ability and experience. Please come ready to relax, rejuvenate and prepare for a great day of learning and sharing with your fellow CCWR'ers.
Elaine Ibarra
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
Elaine became a student of yoga in 1993 and began teaching in 1999. She has studied and enjoyed many different styles of yoga. Her preferred type in her private practice is Iyengar Yoga.
9:00 AM
Ballroom North/Center
 
CCWR General Meeting
Vann Masvidal
CCWR
Vann Masvidal is the current CCWR Board President.
9:30 AM
Ballroom North/Center
Mammalian Keynote Speaker
A Future for California's Mountain Lions
Though mountain lion rehabilitation is currently the responsibility of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the presence of mountain lions on the landscape is relevant to all wildlife professionals. California mountain lion law and policy is changing, as is the population vitality and status of lions in the state. Learn about some experiments with reintroduction into the wild, how mountain lions fare in captivity, and how the age and sex of lions plays into captive success. And take a look at recent trends and challenges to relocating lions in the wild. As threats to lions increase, people are finding new ways to coexist, and rehabilitators can help spread the word. The Mountain Lion Foundation brings 35 years of experience to the task of securing a brighter future for this invaluable apex predator.
Lynn Cullens
Mountain Lion Foundation
Lynn Cullens has been working with the Mountain Lion Foundation since 1989 when she volunteered during the Proposition 117 Campaign to end trophy hunting of lions in California. As Executive Director, she leads the organization's fight to end trophy hunting in 14 states and to reduce the number of mountain lions killed as a result of depredation, poisons, traffic, poaching and habitat loss.
10:30 AM
Ballroom North/Center
All Species Lecture
Poison Free Malibu/Raptors Are The Solution
Is rat poison our new DDT? Rat poison has infiltrated the wildlife food web and is causing widespread mortality of predator wildlife, as well as sub-lethal impacts. This presentation will discuss the impacts as well as Poison Free Malibu and Raptors are the Solution's efforts to educate the general public, including talks, fairs, billboard and public transit campaigns, and our new chapters in San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz. We will discuss state legislation introduced this year to ban rat poison, efforts to ban rodenticides in the Coastal Zone and how we hope to move forward. PFM and RATS have worked with 26 cities to pass anti-rodenticide resolutions. We will also discuss other efforts we are engaged in to try to remove these poisons from the food web, including working with cities, businesses, homeowners associations and schools
Joel Schulman
Poison Free Malibu
Joel Schulman is co-founder of Poison Free Malibu. Poison Free Malibu has been working since 2012 to educate people about the dangers to predators from the widespread use of rat poison and about the ecological role the predators play in controlling rodents. PFM started in the Santa Monica Mountains of southern California where 90% of mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, raptors and other carnivores have been found to have poison in their systems due to the proximity with urban centers. PFM works jointly with Raptors are the Solution on these issues.
10:30 AM
Edna
Mammalian Workshop
Rodent Identification: Clues and Methodology
Can you tell a western harvest mouse from a saltmarsh harvest mouse? That is a difficult call at first glance. The rodent diversity of California is greater than most people realize. There are over 30 species and subspecies of rodents which are federally listed species or Species of Special Concern in California. More precise identification will increase your ability to offer the best possible diet and improve your reporting practices. Use dichotomous keys and learn research measurements to better distinguish your species of mouse, rat, or other rodent. Practice will occur on both live and non-living specimens.
Amber Engle
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Amber Engle started in wildlife conservation doing population surveys on saltmarsh harvest mice with California Fish and Wildlife, but found her interests better served doing wildlife rehabilitation while in Washington State. Now back in California, Amber is currently the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager at Lindsay Wildlife Experience. Coming from a background in molecular and wildlife biology, she seeks to improve understanding of animal community diversity and increased monitoring to better serve conservation.
10:30 AM
Los Osos North/South
All Species Lab Lecture
Parasitology - Lab Lecture
Note: Attending this lecture is a prerequisite to attend the paid Parasitology Laboratory. All registrants are welcome to the lecture.
Parasitism is a common finding in wild animals. Recognizing this problem in our patients can improve the level of care we provide. The Parasitology lecture will describe common parasites found in our wild patients, clinical signs, how to identify them, and how to treat them.
Dr. Shannon Riggs
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.
10:30 AM
Ballroom South
Mammalian Lecture
Orphan Opossum Care Made Easy
The presentation will cover the intake exam on opossums, housing orphan babies, weaning and the final steps until release.
Leslie Bale
Opossum Society of the United States
Leslie Bale has been rehabilitating opossums exclusively for over 30 years. She has been a member of CCWR for 22 years, along with NWRA and IWRC and has presented on opossums for each of these organizations. Leslie has no medical background but has been using homeopathics for several years.
11:30 AM
Ballroom North/Center
Mammalian Lecture
The Return of Wild Wolves
In our nation's past, wild wolves were brought to near extinction through government run anti-predator campaigns. Today, California Wolf Center is working to forge a visionary path for wolf recovery in both the Golden State and the Southwest; one built on trust and collaboration with those sharing the landscape with wild wolves. Come learn more about the plight of gray wolves, their ecological importance as a keystone predator and the unprecedented efforts of the California Wolf Center to achieve successful wild wolf recovery.
John Murtaugh
California Wolf Center
John Murtaugh is originally from Nevada and went to college at UNLV where he earned his Bachelor's in Film Studies. Wanting to eventually fulfill his childhood dream of working for wolf recovery, he decided to transition careers towards wildlife and began volunteering with Wildtracks - a wildlife conservation organization in Belize - in their primate rehabilitation center. He joined the California Wolf Center team as an intern in 2014 and was hired as the Program Coordinator in 2015. He leads all educational efforts of the organization helping to make the mission of wolf recovery in the wild a reality.
11:30 AM
Ballroom South
Avian Lecture
Effects of Dextrose on Survival of Cold Seabirds
During this study, over 75% of cold seabirds were hypoglycemic during admit examination. When birds were gavaged with warm water, no hypoglycemic individuals survived until the next morning (~ 90% died within 90 minutes). When hypoglycemic birds were gavaged with 5% dextrose, ~90% survived until the next morning. The addition of 5% dextrose to gavage fluids resulted in a mean increase in core body temperature (CBT) of over 1 deg F. Given the profound difference in survival of hypoglycemic seabirds receiving 5% dextrose gavage and the lack of any observable negative effects, gavaging debilitated, hypothermic seabirds with 5% dextrose is likely to result in more birds surviving than using tap water. This talk will also discuss why resuscitation fluids for cold seabirds should be 110-115 deg F and why rehabbers need to measure gavage temperatures.
Dr. Nancy Anderson
Oiled Wildlife Care Network
Nancy received her bachelors of science and engineering, veterinary degree, and doctorate from Ohio State University. After completing her veterinary degree, she worked as a private practitioner and then joined the faculty at OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. For her doctoral research in ecophysiology, she studied energetics and thermoregulation in brown treesnakes. She came to California in 2000, where she served as the Director of Wildlife Services for Lindsay Wildlife Experience and then became a staff veterinarian at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in 2010. Nancy joined the OWCN team in 2011. During spill response she coordinates Field Care & Processing and often serves as the Field Stabilization Lead.
11:30 AM
Los Osos North/South
Avian Lecture
The Importance of Light in Wildlife Rehabilitation
Light plays an important role in avian physiology, including development, nutrition, and vision. In this discussion, we will briefly review basic avian anatomy and physiology pertinent to light and the physics of light. We will then build upon these topics to extrapolate the importance of proper lighting for passerines in the rehabilitation environment.
Dr. Tomo Wiggans
Contra Costa Animal Eye Care
Dr. Wiggans became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2015. He spent 4 years volunteering at the Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital prior to entering veterinary school at the University of California, Davis. During his ophthalmology residency, he examined and performed ophthalmic surgery on numerous wild and captive exotic species, including patients at the Micke Grove and Sacramento Zoos and the California Department of Fish and Game. He currently practices in the Pleasant Hill area at Contra Costa Animal Eye Care.
1:30 PM
Ballroom North/Center
General Information Lecture
Barn Owl Maintenance Program
The Barn Owl Maintenance Program was developed by Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue in order to provide needed gopher control services to our community, encourage barn owl habitat, and raise funds for our raptor rehabilitation work. We assist vineyard and home owners who have gopher problems by offering a natural, organic, integrated pest management solution. We consult with the landowners to find the best places to put barn owl boxes to entice barn owls to the property and install the boxes. Once the boxes are up, we do research in the spring to determine where the nesting pairs are located. That way, when the wildlife rescue receives orphaned barn owls, we can place them with wild foster parents in barn owl boxes. In fall, we clean and maintain the barn owl boxes to encourage continual use of the boxes. In this way, we believe we can help alleviate gopher problems through ongoing barn owl presence in our clients' homes and vineyards. The funds raised from the fees for these services support our Raptor Recovery Center.
Michelle Fowler
Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Michelle, Education Ourtreach Director, is an artist, an animal lover, and passionate about education. She received her BA in Psychology from Sonoma State and is currently working on her Master’s in the subject. Before SCWR, Michelle worked in the Rohnert Park School District Special Education Program as an Instructional Assistant and in her free time she would create chalk art with her mother.

With her passion for both education and animals, SCWR was a perfect fit. She loved that the Education Outreach Position combined her skills and opened a door for her to practice environmental education and curriculum planning. She also loved that the position is so connected with the public and that the money that she raises with event planning and fundraising always goes to a good cause.

Michelle’s goals for the position are to spread more awareness about wildlife friendly techniques through our Predator Exclusion Education Program, and to expand all programs beyond what limited staffing was able to support in the past.
1:30 PM
Ballroom South
Avian Lecture
UCD Hummingbird Health Program: The Ins and Outs
The UC Davis Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program focuses on protecting hummingbirds by combining scientific research with outreach and education awareness. Core components include hummingbird health and population monitoring research such as hummingbird banding, hummingbird tracking, and general disease related studies. Practices in place include safe and humane hummingbird capture and sampling techniques directed by a federally permitted master bander.
Dr. Lisa Tell
UC Davis
Lisa Tell, DVM is the Director of the UC Davis Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program and is a Master Bander for hummingbirds. She has been a full-time faculty member with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine since 1997, and has been working with birds for the past 30 years.
1:30 PM
Edna
All Species Laboratory
Parasitology - Laboratory
Preregistration and payment required to attend the lab.

The laboratory session will focus on hands-on techniques and identification of parasites. Participants are encouraged to bring along any samples that they may be curious about.
Dr. Shannon Riggs
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.
1:30 PM
Los Osos North/South
Avian Lecture
Ethics & Stress in Wildlife Rehabilitation
This presentation discusses the ethical principles that govern wildlife rehabilitation to help guide us into making the best choices for our patients. We focus on the psychological and physiological impacts of stress and how this knowledge should inform and drive our treatment decisions. Considerations for patient euthanasia, treatment, release and permanent placement will be discussed with the objective of providing a foundation for making thoughtful life decisions for our patients.
Marie Travers & January Bill
Bird Ally X
January O. Bill & Marie Travers are Co-Directors at Bird Ally X
2:30 PM
Ballroom North/Center
Avian Lecture
Predator Exclusion Education Program
The Predator Exclusion Education Program is an innovative program at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue where we demonstrate proven predator exclusion and predation prevention techniques in order to protect domestic animals and livestock from wildlife. With these methods we can help prevent retaliation against wildlife predators. The PEEP program is a living laboratory which currently includes a demonstration area with a catio, barn, chicken coop, night corral and predator deterrents. In addition, the PEEP program provides an opportunity for youth volunteers to learn important animal husbandry and life skills that will prepare them for future wildlife rehabilitation work and cultivate a passion for animal welfare.
Linnaea Furlong
Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Linnaea Furlong is the Volunteer and Community Support Coordinator at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. This means she manages volunteers and assists the wildlife rescue community with everything from animal care to exclusion. In her three years with Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue she has assisted with the development and implementation of the Predator Exclusion Education Program. She is excited to share how this pioneering program is focusing on the next generation to teach animal husbandry, gardening, and life skills and spread the word on how people, predators, and domestic animals can coexist with the right techniques.
2:30 PM
Ballroom South
All Species Lecture
Rehabbers Unite!
We are each others best resource! Whether we have questions about a species we have never had in care, or are struggling with the care of a specific individual who is not recovering well; there is no one more qualified to help AND truly understand the struggle than another rehabber. Generate new contacts and make new friends in our community!
Elaine Ibarra
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
Elaine Ibarra is the Animal Care Coordinator at the Santa Barbara Wildlife. She has been a volunteer with several other wildlife rehabilitation organizations and is a trained oil spill responder.
2:30 PM
Los Osos North/South
Mammalian Lecture
Reducing Stress with DIY Induction Chamber
Restraint of animals during medical procedures promotes undue stress which can prolong anesthetic induction. Big Bear Alpine Zoo converted two dog "Veri Kennels" into induction chambers using materials found at our local hardware store. Animals were placed in the crates minimizing the amount of restraint time, resulting in quick induction and minimal stress as well as a reduction in risk of injury to the handler. Our induction crates have been successfully used for exams on raccoons, foxes, ringtails, skunks, and bobcats.
Bob Cisneros
Big Bear Alpine Zoo
Bob Cisneros has been the Curator and General Manager of Big Bear Alpine zoo since March 2015. His previous
experience includes over 22 years at San Diego Zoo as a Hospital Keeper, Animal Care Supervisor of carnivores,
hoofstock, shipping pens,and Children's Zoo. He was also President of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, served on the Board of Directors at the California Wolf Center, and a member of AZA's Professional Development Committee.
He currently serves on AZA's Institutional Data Management Advisory Committee.
3:30 PM
Ballroom North/Center
Mammalian Lecture
Coyotes: Keeping the Peace
Once found mainly in wild and rural landscapes, coyotes have recently become a familiar presence in most urban areas as well. Unfortunately, archaic, anti-predator biases and fear mongering by the media have led to coyotes becoming one of the most persecuted animals in North America.
This presentation will replace common myths about coyotes with facts, and provide rehabbers with tools and tips they can share with the public to help prevent human/coyote conflicts from occurring in the first place.
Keli Hendricks
Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Keli studied animal science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and enjoyed a successful career as a professional horse trainer until her retirement in 2012.
She now volunteers with Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, working in the hospital and fostering orphaned wildlife.
In addition, Keli serves as the Ranching with Wildlife Coordinator for Project Coyote where she provides outreach to ranchers on non lethal livestock protection tools and gives presentations throughout the state on coexisting with coyotes.
Keli lives with her husband Dean on the Bar CR Cattle Ranch in Petaluma, where Dean has
run the cow/calf operation for over 20 years.
3:30 PM
Ballroom South
Avian Lecture
Food as Enrichment
Not only does food provide essential nutrition to our songbird patients, but the variety of foods and presentation of food offers enrichment and skill building opportunities to prepare our patients for post-release success. We will discuss appropriate wild and cultivated foods for species groups, food presentation techniques for supporting skill development and enrichment, how to care for insects, and much more.
Veronica Bowers
Native Songbird Care & Conservation
Veronica Bowers is the director and founder of Native Songbird Care and Conservation. Located in Sebastopol, California, NSCC is a state and federally permitted wildlife rehabilitation facility devoted exclusively to the care of native passerines. With support of a small team of 12 amazing volunteers, Native Songbird Care & Conservation cares for approximately 1,000 songbirds each year.

Veronica has a passion for songbirds and has been working exclusively with this diverse and challenging group of wildlife since 1999. In addition to the hands-on care of the birds, Veronica is responsible for managing the day-to-day center operations, including recruitment, training and management of volunteers; raising funds to cover hospital operating costs; and responding to approximately 3,500 calls annually from the public.

Veronica teaches songbird rehabilitation workshops and species-specific classes to rehabilitators throughout North America; presents educational outreach programs to community groups in California; and serves on the California Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators board of directors and CCWR Advocacy Committee.
3:30 PM
Los Osos North/South
Avian Lab Lecture
Avian Physical Exam - Lab Lecture
Note: Attending this lecture is a prerequisite to participate in the paid laboratory session. All registrants are welcome to attend the lecture.
Lecture Summary: As mammals we all largely understand quite a bit about mammalian anatomy. But birds are another beast entirely! Drastically different and variable anatomy coupled with often small body sizes can make our fingers feel like sausages and make it very confusing to figure out what is wrong with an injured bird. In this lecture and lab we will show you how to do an effective avian physical exam, and identify all the parts while assessing what is and is not normal. Correctly identifying abnormalities is a crucial step in the treatment of all birds that come into care. Lab students will have ample opportunities to perform physical examinations of various species of birds (carcasses).
Dr. Rebecca Duerr
International Bird Rescue
Dr. Rebecca Duerr is the Veterinarian and Research Director at International Bird Rescue's two wildlife clinics in California. She completed her DVM, MPVM, and PhD degrees at University of California Davis, with the care of oiled seabirds as the subject of both graduate degrees. She is currently working on the second edition of Hand-Rearing Birds, recently wrote and co-edited NWRA's Topics in Wildlife Medicine, Vol. 4: Orthopedics, co-wrote the wild orphans section of Merck Veterinary Manual, and just finished Seabird Medicine and Orphan Care chapters for the upcoming book Medical Management of Wildlife Species: A Guide for Practitioners. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and is a frequent lecturer at UC Davis on avian physiology and pediatrics.
4:30 PM
Ballroom North/Center
Avian Lab Lecture
Avian Wash Lab Lecture
Note: Attending this lecture is a prerequisite to attend the paid Avian Wash Laboratory. All registrants are welcome to the lecture.
Lecture Summary: Wildlife are exposed to many environmental contaminants, frequently caused by human activity, like uncovered oil pans, sticky glue traps, open grease bins and hanging fly traps in addition to oil spills. Once a bird becomes contaminated, their ability to fly and thermoregulate threatens their livelihood and survival. Knowing when and how to remove contaminates is essential for successfully rehabilitating your patient. This presentation focuses on stabilization, building, and equipment requirements for washing avian patients. Principles for safely removing contaminants from feathers and stress reduction techniques for each treatment will be covered.
January Bill
Bird Ally X
Vann Masvidal, Marie Travers, Shannon Riggs, DVM, Monte Merrick, Laura Corsiglia & January O. Bill are cofounders of Bird Ally X(BAX). BAX is a small nonprofit organization dedicated to helping wild birds and the people who care for them. They have been working together for over 11 years, specializing in aquatic bird rehabilitation and contaminated wildlife. They are co-authors of An Introduction to Aquatic Bird Rehabilitation.

Vann Masvidal: BAX Co-founder, Pacific Wildlife Clinic Director & Volunteer Coordinator, CCWR Board of Directors President
Marie Travers: BAX Co-founder, Focus Wildlife, CCWR Publications Committee Member
Shannon Riggs: BAX Co-founder, Pacific Wildlife Care Director of Animal Care, Wildlife Veterinarian, CCWR Board of Directors Member At Large
Monte Merrick: BAX Co-Founder, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center Director,
Laura Corsiglia: BAX Co-founder, Visual Artist
January Bill: BAX Co-founder, CCWR Advocacy Committee Member
4:30 PM
Ballroom South
Avian Lecture
Terrible Towhees
In this lecture, we provide an overview of the towhee protocol used at the Bird Rescue Center (www.birdrescuecenter.org). First, we review the reasons why towhees are such a challenge to rehabbers (i.e., trauma, susceptibility to captivity-induced stress, reluctance to gape). Second, the lecture will outline towhee's natural environment in the wild: where they live, what they eat, how they behave at different stages of development, and how they communicate. Next, we will share with you the lessons we have learned over the years about how to care for towhees, highlighting the key factors for success. Finally, we will describe our towhee-specific method for soft release and provide our recommendations for easing the transition from rehab (captivity) to independence (surviving and thriving in the wild).
Ashton Kluttz
The Bird Rescue Center
Ashton Kluttz is the Director of Avian Care at the Bird Rescue Center (BRC, Santa Rosa, CA). She completed her B.A. in Environmental Studies at Washington College (Chestertown, MD), and is currently in the process of completing her certification as a registered veterinary technician. She began her career as a wildlife rehabber at the Marine Mammal Center, where she served as a Stranding Intern (i.e., rescue and triage response). From 2009-2013 she worked at the Bird Rescue Center as a Shift Supervisor and took a position as veterinary assistant during 2012-2013. In the fall of 2013, she returned to BRC as Manager of the Rehabilitation Hospital, and later Director of Avian Care. Under her direction and with consultation from other organizations, BRC dramatically improved the release rates for difficult species such as towhees and house finches.
4:30 PM
Los Osos North/South
Avian Lecture
Avian Pain Management
The goals of this lecture are to familiarize the rehabilitator with the conditions requiring pain management, and the most common drugs used to treat these painful conditions.
Dr. Michelle Hawkins
CA Raptor Center
Dr. Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and completed a residency and fellowship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of California, Davis in 2001. She became board-certified in Avian Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practice in 2002. After 2 years in private practice, she joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty. She is currently Professor of Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis and Director of the California Raptor Center. Her research focuses on anesthesia, analgesia and critical patient care for companion and wild birds.
6:30 PM
Foyer
 
Networking Reception
Join CCWR for an free appetizer buffet. A no-host beer and wine bar will also be available.
CCWR

7:00 PM
Del Monte
General Information Meeting
Advocacy Committee Meeting
CCWR


2017 Symposium Agenda – Sunday

8:00 AM
Los Osos
 
Easy Yoga
The classes offered this weekend will be of mixed styles and gentle in flow. They are intended for people all levels of ability and experience. Please come ready to relax, rejuvenate and prepare for a great day of learning and sharing with your fellow CCWR'ers.
Elaine Ibarra
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
Elaine became a student of yoga in 1993 and began teaching in 1999. She has studied and enjoyed many different styles of yoga. Her preferred type in her private practice is Iyengar Yoga.
9:30 AM
Ballroom North/Center
All Species Lecture
Habitat Gardening for our Wildlife
Habitat Gardening for Wildlife
What is more important than the patients in our care? Probably, what happens to our patients after our care. Wildlife rehabilitators are by profession, nature conservationists. Our natural instinct is to conserve and create better habitat for our patients. We often support and/or involved with organizations such as The Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, etc. All of these have some focus on habitat conservation. We all understand the true importance of good wildlife habitat.

The truth is not all of us have a green thumb, or even have time or space to grow a garden. However if you do have any space and a little bit of time you will be amazed at what can be accomplished. The importance of your efforts can save as many lives outside as you could inside.

In this presentation we will give you some of the underlying structure of what makes a good wildlife habitat. We can provide you with some of the basics on how to get started. By using native plants and adding critical elements to your garden you can help feed, shelter and support our native wildlife species with very little effort. While there can be many different focuses to a habitat garden we will go in depth on how to best support our most vulnerable and sensitive species, native songbirds.
Veronic Bowers & Rachel Avilla
Native Songbird Care and Conservation/WRMD
Veronica Bowers is the director and founder of Native Songbird Care and Conservation. Located in Sebastopol, California, NSCC is a state and federally permitted wildlife rehabilitation facility devoted exclusively to the care of native passerines. With support of a small team of 12 amazing volunteers, Native Songbird Care & Conservation cares for approximately 1,000 songbirds each year.

Veronica has a passion for songbirds and has been working exclusively with this diverse and challenging group of wildlife since 1999. In addition to the hands-on care of the birds, Veronica is responsible for managing the day-to-day center operations, including recruitment, training and management of volunteers; raising funds to cover hospital operating costs; and responding to approximately 3,500 calls annually from the public.

Veronica teaches songbird rehabilitation workshops and species-specific classes to rehabilitators throughout North America; presents educational outreach programs to community groups in California; and serves on the California Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators board of directors and CCWR Advocacy Committee

Rachel Avilla started her wildlife career in 2002 at Bird Rescue Center in Santa Rosa, California. The following year 2003, she joined Lindsay Wildlife Museum?s program in Walnut Creek, CA where she started as an intern, became a supervisor and then a manager. She managed around 350 volunteers for over 6 years. In 2013 She left Lindsay and began working with Belize Bird Rescue where she rehabilitated parrots and other neotropical birds. She is a co-founder of the non-profit 501(c)3 The Wild Neighbors Database Project and manages customer support for WRMD. Currently she is volunteering for Native Songbird Care and Conservation in Sebastopol California.

Rachel has always had a strong interest in plants, wildlife and the ecosystems that encompass them. She has spent some time learning and implementing wildlife friendly habitats with a focus on using native California plants with an edible to human landscapes. She has been trying to find the balance between existing as a human and supporting nature as much as possible.
9:30 AM
Ballroom South
Mammalian Lecture
Fox, Coyote, and Skunk, Oh My!
Introduction to rehabilitation and release for foxes, coyotes, and skunks. This includes:
a. neonate identification
b. physical examination of young animals, juveniles, and adults
c. vaccination protocols
d. housing inside in kennels
e. outside enclosure suggestions
f. enrichment ideas
g. when/how to release
Ruth McDunn & Ashley Kinney
Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley
Ruth McDunn started volunteering at WCSV in August of 2011 and was quickly promoted to shift captain. She continues to volunteer 8-12 hours each week doing animal care, administration, and development assistance. In addition, Ruth has provided layout and formatting for the biannual newsletter, Tracks, since 2012. Ruth has worked with just about all types of animals that come in to the center, from baby birds, opossums, squirrels, raptors, and rabies vector species, and predatory mammals - of all ages - and even a few amphibians and reptiles. Ruth also releases animals to their habitat after rehabilitation, often photographing the process for online and print publications. Ruth is the current CCWR Board Vice President.

Ashley Kinney started volunteering at WCSV in April 2003 and hired as an Animal Care Assistant in 2006. Ashley now holds the title of Hospital Manager and oversees all aspects of the rehabilitation program, creates protocols and policies to improve the rehab program, trains new volunteers and teaches CDFW approved classes.
9:30 AM
Los Osos North/South
Avian Lecture
Wild Birds: Neurological Disorders
It is common for birds to present with neurological clinical signs, however it can be challenging to identify the cause. In this lecture we will cover:
a. When, why, and how to perform a neurologic exam.
b. Diagnostic testing
c. Specific disorders - trauma, infections, toxicities, metabolic diseases
Dr. Michelle Hawkins
CA Raptor Center
Dr. Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and completed a residency and fellowship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of California, Davis in 2001. She became board-certified in Avian Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practice in 2002. After 2 years in private practice, she joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty. She is currently Professor of Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis and Director of the California Raptor Center. Her research focuses on anesthesia, analgesia and critical patient care for companion and wild birds.
9:30 AM
Pacific Wildlife Care
Avian Laboratory
Avian Wash Laboratory (Session #1 of two identical sessions)
Preregistration and payment required to attend the lab. Attending the lab lecture is also a prerequisite.
Laboratory Summary: Wildlife are exposed to many environmental contaminants, frequently caused by human activity, like uncovered oil pans, sticky glue traps, open grease bins and hanging fly traps in addition to oil spills. Once a bird becomes contaminated, their ability to fly and thermoregulate threatens their livelihood and survival. Knowing when and how to remove contaminates is essential for successfully rehabilitating your patient. Through hands-on practice we will teach principles of safely removing contaminants from feathers to help restore waterproofing and the ability to thermoregulate. During the lab we will we be working with recommended wash equipment and discuss how to meet facility requirements. We will cover pre-treatment methods, wash, rinse, and drying while demonstrating ways to reduce stress on your patient during each treatment.
January Bill
Bird Ally X
Vann Masvidal, Marie Travers, Shannon Riggs, DVM, Monte Merrick, Laura Corsiglia & January O. Bill are cofounders of Bird Ally X(BAX). BAX is a small nonprofit organization dedicated to helping wild birds and the people who care for them. They have been working together for over 11 years, specializing in aquatic bird rehabilitation and contaminated wildlife. They are co-authors of An Introduction to Aquatic Bird Rehabilitation.

Vann Masvidal: BAX Co-founder, Pacific Wildlife Clinic Director & Volunteer Coordinator, CCWR Board of Directors President
Marie Travers: BAX Co-founder, Focus Wildlife, CCWR Publications Committee Member
Shannon Riggs: BAX Co-founder, Pacific Wildlife Care Director of Animal Care, Wildlife Veterinarian, CCWR Board of Directors Member at Large
Monte Merrick: BAX Co-Founder, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center Director,
Laura Corsiglia: BAX Co-founder, Visual Artist
January Bill: BAX Co-founder, CCWR Advocacy Committee Member
10:20 AM
Los Osos North/South
Avian Lecture
Chlamydial Infections in Raptors in Rehabilitation
The goals of this study were to evaluate the prevalence of Chlamydial infections in 5 CA rehabilitation centers. Results from various testing, including while genome sequencing of two culture isolates, will be presented.
Dr. Michelle Hawkins
CA Raptor Center
Dr. Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and completed a residency and fellowship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of California, Davis in 2001. She became board-certified in Avian Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practice in 2002. After 2 years in private practice, she joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty. She is currently Professor of Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis and Director of the California Raptor Center. Her research focuses on anesthesia, analgesia and critical patient care for companion and wild birds.
11:00 AM
Ballroom North/Center
All Species Lecture
CDFW Update for Wildlife Rehabilitators
General statewide update on wildlife rehabilitation.
Nicole Carion
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Department of Fish and Wildlife's statewide wildlife rehabilitation coordinator.
11:30 AM
Los Osos North/South
General Information Lecture
Strategies for Effective Floor Management
Whether large center or home rehabilitator, daily care or mass intake event, time and energy are the most precious resources rehabilitators have and in the highest demand. Often, experienced staff are of limited numbers or availability, and it can be hard to find the time to train others up so they can carry some of the load. This talk will cover a range of techniques and strategies to get things done when there's too much to do, including training techniques, staffing structure and ratios, task prioritization strategies, the use and misuse of protocols, and incorporating quality assessment and improvement plans even during the busy season.
Stephanie Herman
Oiled Wildlife Care Network
Stephanie became obsessed with wildlife rehabilitation in the early 1990s, when she began volunteering with Michigan Friends of Wildlife and eventually the River Raisin Raptor Center. Her interest led her to the University of Guelph, where she earned her bachelors in Wildlife Biology and developed a fascination for wildlife nutrition and captive diets. After completing her degree, Stephanie interned with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida before becoming a full-time wildlife rehabilitator for the PAWS Wildlife Center in Washington State. During her five-year tenure with PAWS, she gained experience with everything from bears to hummingbirds and responded to two high-volume seabird events. She joined the OWCN Management Team at the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center as the Oiled Wildlife Care Specialist in 2013.
11:30 AM
Ballroom North/Center
General Information Lecture
WRMD: Best Practices for Best Results
Wildlife Rehabilitation MD or WRMD for short has become a very useful tool throughout the wildlife rehabilitation community. California is especially important due to the wonderful networking amongst our state, interactive support from our State Department and our unique location.

In 2016 WRMD launched a Pilot program with help from the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center to survey what is affecting California's wildlife in real time. This program has been invaluable to the state and to our community.

This discussion will cover some of the hot topics that have been uncovered using the program and how best to record your data so that your organization can better contribute to the collective whole. We will also discuss where and how this information could be used in the future.
Devin Dombrowski
WRMD
Devin Dombrowski has been a wildlife rehabilitator since 2003, working and volunteering at many organizations, including Lindsay Wildlife Museum, International Bird Rescuer, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, OWCN and Native Songbird Care and Conservation.

In the past few years WRMD has been a huge success within the wildlife rehabilitation community. It has on going projects with the State of California and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. He has learned a lot by collaborating with so many groups and continues to try and provide the best support he can to the wildlife rehabilitation community.
11:30 AM
Ballroom South
General Information Lecture
Effective Enclosure Enrichment
While many ideas for enclosure enrichment exist, which ones work? We've tried different kinds at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue with varying degrees of success. We'll go over the basics of enclosure enrichment, show examples of some of our favorite enrichment items, and explain how we make enrichment happen at a busy wildlife rescue. We want to share the techniques that have been the most effective and well-liked for a variety of species. What interests a squirrel is not the same as a coyote, but enrichment for each animal is possible. We'll show you how.
Katlyn Wolzen
Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Katlyn is an Animal Care Assistant at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. She graduated Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Zoology in May 2016,entered our Summer 2016 intern program and joined the staff in the fall. She is the Enrichment Coordinator, which means she ensures that education animals and animals temporarily held for rehabilitation have enclosure enrichment to improve their quality of life.
1:30 PM
Edna
Avian Laboratory
Avian Physical Exam - Laboratory
Preregistration and payment required to attend the lab.

Note: Attending the lab lecture is a prerequisite to participate in the paid laboratory session.

Lecture Summary: As mammals we all largely understand quite a bit about mammalian anatomy. But birds are another beast entirely! Drastically different and variable anatomy coupled with often small body sizes can make our fingers feel like sausages and make it very confusing to figure out what is wrong with an injured bird. In this lecture and lab we will show you how to do an effective avian physical exam, and identify all the parts while assessing what is and is not normal. Correctly identifying abnormalities is a crucial step in the treatment of all birds that come into care. Lab students will have ample opportunities to perform physical examinations of various species of birds (carcasses).
Dr. Rebecca Duerr
International Bird Rescue
Dr. Rebecca Duerr is the Veterinarian and Research Director at International Bird Rescue's two wildlife clinics in California. She completed her DVM, MPVM, and PhD degrees at University of California Davis, with the care of oiled seabirds as the subject of both graduate degrees. She is currently working on the second edition of Hand-Rearing Birds, recently wrote and co-edited NWRA's Topics in Wildlife Medicine, Vol. 4: Orthopedics, co-wrote the wild orphans section of Merck Veterinary Manual, and just finished Seabird Medicine and Orphan Care chapters for the upcoming book Medical Management of Wildlife Species: A Guide for Practitioners. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and is a frequent lecturer at UC Davis on avian physiology and pediatrics.
1:30 PM
Ballroom North/Center
All Species Lecture
Rodenticide Exposure In California Wildlife
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife investigates cases of pesticide exposure and intoxication in wildlife. In California the majority of scavenging and predatory wildlife tested has been exposed to anticoagulant rodenticides, likely through secondary exposure. Most cases involve second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, which are only available to certified applicators in California. Diagnosis of anticoagulant rodenticide intoxication requires evidence of coagulopathy, in addition to detection of anticoagulant residues in the appropriate tissues. Incidents of wildlife intoxication from bromethalin, an acute rodenticide, are increasing. Bromethalin is a neurotoxicant registered primarily for use on commensal rodents. In contrast with the anticoagulant rodenticides, exposure to bromethalin appears to be caused primarily by ingestion of the bait itself. The most commonly exposed species are striped skunks and raccoons. Diagnosis of bromethalin intoxication typically occurs after the animal show characteristic neurological symptoms such as muscle tremors, seizures, and paralysis of the rear limbs; and bromethalin is detected in the brain or adipose tissue. Cases of intoxication by the acute rodenticides strychnine and zinc phosphide are less common and appear to result from misuse of the products. Trends in wildlife/pesticide incidents and possible mitigation measures will be discussed. Reliance on chemical control of vertebrate pests, without including other elements of Integrated Pest Management, such as exclusion and sanitation, leads to widespread exposure in non-target wildlife and is an ineffective long-term strategy.
Stella McMillin
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Stella McMillin is a senior environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wildlife Investigations Laboratory. She has worked for the department for 20 years and has statewide responsibility for investigating impacts of pesticides on wildlife.
1:30 PM
Ballroom South
Mammalian Workshop (Interactive)
Best Practices in Rehab Animal Welfare
Big Bear Alpine Zoo utilizes the "Five Freedoms" and "Five Opportunities to Thrive" in order to promote best practices in animal welfare when rehabilitating wildlife, including enrichment, quality of life, and holding design. These practices ensure that optimal and objective care is maintained while providing temporary care for wildlife. Understanding our role in promoting animal welfare allows for evidence-based animal care management to provide consistency in our rehab programs.
Bob Cisneros
Big Bear Alpine Zoo
Bob Cisneros has been the Curator and General Manager of Big Bear Alpine zoo since March 2015. His previous experience includes over 22 years at San Diego Zoo as a Hospital Keeper, Animal Care Supervisor of carnivores, hoofstock, shipping pens,and Children's Zoo. He was also President of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, served on the Board of Directors at the California Wolf Center, and a member of AZA's Professional Development Committee. He currently serves on AZA's Institutional Data Management Advisory Committee.
1:30 PM
Los Osos North/South
General Information Lecture
Wordpress Websites for Wildlife Rehabilitators
WordPress is not just a blogging platform. It has evolved through out the years into a versatile website content management system (CMS). It is easy to install, create webpages and is totally responsive (works on phones and tablets). This presentation gives you the information you need to get your wordpress website started! And oh yeah, it is also fun!
Jeanette Stone
Pacific Wildlife Care
Jeanette served as the Center Operations Director for Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay, CA. (2009-2013) She has volunteered with PWC for 10 years in different capacities; as a center worker, website & graphic designer, board vice-president and president. Visit www.pacificwildlifecare.org
1:30 PM
Pacific Wildlife Care
Avian Laboratory
Avian Wash Laboratory (Session #2 of two identical sessions)
Preregistration and payment required to attend the lab. Attending the lab lecture is also a prerequisite.
Laboratory Summary: Wildlife are exposed to many environmental contaminants, frequently caused by human activity, like uncovered oil pans, sticky glue traps, open grease bins and hanging fly traps in addition to oil spills. Once a bird becomes contaminated, their ability to fly and thermoregulate threatens their livelihood and survival. Knowing when and how to remove contaminates is essential for successfully rehabilitating your patient. Through hands-on practice we will teach principles of safely removing contaminants from feathers to help restore waterproofing and the ability to thermoregulate. During the lab we will we be working with recommended wash equipment and discuss how to meet facility requirements. We will cover pre-treatment methods, wash, rinse, and drying while demonstrating ways to reduce stress on your patient during each treatment.
January Bill
Bird Ally X
Vann Masvidal, Marie Travers, Shannon Riggs, DVM, Monte Merrick, Laura Corsiglia & January O. Bill are cofounders of Bird Ally X(BAX). BAX is a small nonprofit organization dedicated to helping wild birds and the people who care for them. They have been working together for over 11 years, specializing in aquatic bird rehabilitation and contaminated wildlife. They are co-authors of An Introduction to Aquatic Bird Rehabilitation.

Vann Masvidal: BAX Co-founder, Pacific Wildlife Clinic Director & Volunteer Coordinator, CCWR Board of Directors President
Marie Travers: BAX Co-founder, Focus Wildlife, CCWR Publications Committee Member
Shannon Riggs: BAX Co-founder, Pacific Wildlife Care Director of Animal Care, Wildlife Veterinarian, CCWR Board of Directors Member At Large
Monte Merrick: BAX Co-Founder, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center Director,
Laura Corsiglia: BAX Co-founder, Visual Artist
January Bill: BAX Co-founder, CCWR Advocacy Committee Member
3:00 PM
Ballroom South
Mammalian Lecture
Darting and Disentanglement of California Sea Lion
Wild pinnipeds often require capture for disentanglement, rehabilitation, or research studies. While capture was commonly performed with traps and nets, recently the use of remote sedation delivered by dart has been used for captures. This technique can improve targeting of specific individuals. Recent studies have shown that some animals that are sedated on land and subsequently re-enter the water continue to resurface to breathe, even in a sedated state. However, there is still risk of drowning due to entrapment, or of injury from other animals or boats in the area. Furthermore, it can be difficult to relocate sedated animals, as they may swim long distances or be located within a group of conspecifics. To aid in tracking and recovery of wild pinnipeds, we have developed a remote sedation dart with an integrated acoustic transmitter that allows for tracking of a darted animal up to 1 kilometer away. Using a portable, directional hydrophone we have successfully tracked darted animals by boat, which allows for approach and recovery once the animal is sedated.
Dr. Greg Frankfurter
Oiled Wildlife Care Network
Dr. Frankfurter's work with marine wildlife started in 1999, when he began volunteering on an oil spill response team. He has worked for 15 years in wildlife rehabilitation, monitoring, and oil spill response. He has served as a field veterinarian for wildlife projects throughout the U.S. and in New Zealand and in Antarctica. He is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary medicine. Following veterinary school, he completed an internship in marine mammal veterinary medicine and pathology at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. He serves as a consulting veterinarian for research and field studies through the Wildlife Health and Technology Group and is the Response Veterinarian for the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.
3:00 PM
Los Osos North/South
General Information Lecture
Tips on Marketing your Small Nonprofit
Tips on how to market your small nonprofit using low budget/no budget strategies. Examples include understanding your target audience and how to reach them, how to utilize free marketing resources, creating and using social media to build brand awareness, etc.
Susan Pfau

Volunteered/interned/worked for four years at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience's Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital. Also have more than 20 years of combined experience in marketing/communications in both corporate and nonprofit environments. Nonprofit work includes donor and volunteer relations, corporate relations, development and communications.
4:00 PM
Los Osos North/South
General Information Lecture
Getting It Out There: Engaging Social Media
The best way to reach the broadest audience in the current culture is to use the many social media platforms available, but variety and rapidly changing trends can be daunting. You need to keep your posts fresh and engaging. This lecture will cover:
a. Types of posts that will serve your message.
b. How to assess whether a new platform will work for you.
c. How to post across multiple platforms.
d. How to get information to your local populace without being a nag.
e. Keeping it within your MOU.
f. How to make it relevant. That awesome fact or unusual bird that you love might not be the kind of thing that plays to a larger audience.
g. Keeping up even during baby season.
Amber Engle
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Amber Engle started in wildlife population conservation, but found her interests better served doing wildlife rehabilitation while in Washington State. Now in California, Amber is currently the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager at Lindsay Wildlife Experience. Coming from a background in molecular and wildlife biology, she learned the importance of social media working in the alcohol industry, and in wildlife rehabilitation, has found how those same principles of public engagement apply. Her experiences also draw from animal behavior research and wildlife monitoring for the state to inform conservation messaging.
6:30 PM
Ballroom
 
Doors Open for Silent Auction (Everyone Invited)


7:00 PM
Ballroom
 
Buffet Dinner (Payment Required)


8:00 PM
Ballroom
 
Silent Auction Close Out (Everyone Invited)


2017 Symposium Agenda – Monday

9:00 AM
Edna
All Species Laboratory
Fun with Splinting Materials - Laboratory
Preregistration and payment required to attend this laboratory. There is no associated lecture.

In the Fun with Splinting Materials lab, participants will have access to splinting materials that they may not have had the opportunity to work with before. A variety of species will be provided for practicing various splinting techniques on different types of fractures.
Dr. Shannon Riggs
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.
9:00 AM
Los Osos North
Avian Lecture
Wild Fostering
In this lecture, we provide information of wild foster situations of mostly raptors and quail this past season at the Bird Rescue Center (www.birdrescuecenter.org). We discuss hatching eggs we received and newborn protocols that worked for us and raising 2 infant WESOs and 2 infant TUVUs as well as their surprising outcomes. Then we move on to the "easier" foster process including RTHAs, GHOWs, and RSHAs. Finally we discuss an experiment with our local quail parents and wild fostering babies to them.
Ashton Kluttz
The Bird Rescue Center
Ashton Kluttz is the Director of Avian Care at the Bird Rescue Center (BRC, Santa Rosa, CA). She completed her B.A. in Environmental Studies at Washington College (Chestertown, MD), and is currently in the process of completing her certification as a registered veterinary technician. She began her career as a wildlife rehabber at the Marine Mammal Center, where she served as a Stranding Intern (i.e., rescue and triage response). From 2009-2013 she worked at the Bird Rescue Center as a Shift Supervisor then took a position as Veterinary Assistant during 2012-2013 where she completed the hours required to attain certification as a Vet Tech. In the fall of 2013, she returned to BRC as Manager of the Rehabilitation Hospital, and was later promoted to Director of Avian Care.
9:00 AM
Los Osos South
All Species Round Table Discussion
Show Us: Enrichment, Stress Reduction, Go Green
This session will ask rehabilitators to show others how they enrich the environment for the animals in care, reduce stress during the process, or ideas for how to reduce, reuse, recycle in the rehabilitation process. A call will go out to the membership to solicit ideas. Each presenter could have 5 - 10 minutes to show their ideas.
Ruth McDunn
Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley
Ruth McDunn started volunteering at WCSV in August of 2011 and was quickly promoted to shift captain. She continues to volunteer 8-12 hours each week doing animal care, administration, and development assistance. In addition, Ruth has provided layout and formatting for the biannual newsletter, Tracks, since 2012. Ruth has worked with just about all types of animals that come in to the center, from baby birds, opossums, squirrels, raptors, and rabies vector species, and predatory mammals - of all ages - and even a few amphibians and reptiles. Ruth also releases animals to their habitat after rehabilitation, often photographing the process for online and print publications. Ruth is the current CCWR Board Vice President.
10:00 AM
Los Osos North
Avian Lecture
What is Evidence-based Medicine Anyway?
Rehabilitators are exposed to a lot of different protocols and methods used by others to treat wild patients, but often have limited time to really think about these treatments. Without years of college and training in physiology, science, or medicine, how can one evaluate which type of treatment is likely to help the patient and which may be a waste of time and effort? This talk will explain the scientific method, what is meant by the term "evidence-based medicine", and how this type of medicine is different from other types.
Dr. Rebecca Duerr
International Bird Rescue
Dr. Rebecca Duerr is the Veterinarian and Research Director at International Bird Rescue's two wildlife clinics in California. She completed her DVM, MPVM, and PhD degrees at University of California Davis, with the care of oiled seabirds as the subject of both graduate degrees. She is currently working on the second edition of Hand-Rearing Birds, recently wrote and co-edited NWRA's Topics in Wildlife Medicine, Vol. 4: Orthopedics, co-wrote the wild orphans section of Merck Veterinary Manual, and just finished Seabird Medicine and Orphan Care chapters for the upcoming book Medical Management of Wildlife Species: A Guide for Practitioners. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and is a frequent lecturer at UC Davis on avian physiology and pediatrics.
10:00 AM
Los Osos South
Mammalian Lecture
D is for Diarrhea, Dehydration and Death
A discussion of what diarrhea is, the causes and some treatments in squirrels. Will have audience participation to share ideas as time allows.
Sharron Baird
Squirrelmender Wildlife Rehabilitation
Founder and Director of Squirrelmender Wildlife Rehabilitation in Thousand Oaks. Have been working with squirrels for over 28 years. Permitted by CDFW and the City of Thousand Oaks. Take in 300-350 squirrels a year.
11:00 AM
Los Osos North
 
Symposium Close-out
Vann Masvidal
CCWR
Vann Masvidal is the current CCWR Board President.