2021 Conference: Knowledge is Wild

It was wonderful getting back to our annual conference in person!  Our goal is to keep you learning all year long.  To ensure this, the Conference Committee has worked to bring you all of our 2021 presentations in hopes that you can view them at your leisure while you recharge this winter!

Don't forget to take advantage of the forums to ask questions and discuss what you've learned with other wildlife rehabilitators.

COTTONTAIL REHAB (experienced)


The nature of giving is changing and as a result, nonprofits need to prepare for the future.  Fund development efforts which worked in the past, may not work tomorrow.  Successful nonprofits (NPOs) will be fast, fluid, flexible and adapt to the "new" donor.  This presentation includes current trends and donor statistics that may help you develop strategies to grow your organization.  

New rehabilitators are often overwhelmed with all that there is to know about rehabilitating category I species, particularly cottontail rabbits.  This session is designed to give new rehabilitators the necessary basics of cottontail rehabilitation and help set the conditions for success.

Ohio is home to a variety of species of diving duck.  Many of these waterfowl are notoriously difficult to raise in a rehabilitation setting.  This informative presentation on orphaned diving ducks will cover appropriate diet, housing and general care of some of the different diving species.

Variety is the spice of life.  If you have been feeding only mealworms due to convenience, learn how to EASILY breed a variety of feeder insects.  Bug Appetit! 

While mange is common, fortunately, it is easily treated once the animal is contained.  This presentation covers how mange progresses, the immune response, stabilization of the patient, fluid therapy, anti-parasitic therapy, housing consideration, biosecurity, and general husbandry.

The first part of this presentation covers natural history and an overview of the most common bat species in rehab.  The second part will cover husbandry of tree bats versus crevice bat species.  Hibernating bats over winter, care of pregnant females and common medical issues.

What is "laser therapy" and how can it help aide in the rehabilitation of aging or injured birds of prey and various other ailments?  Hear about various cases and a wonderfully holistic approach in wildlife care.  It's not just for domestics!

Learn feeding, housing and care techniques for orphaned skunks at various stages of development.  This informative session covers the treatment of sick or injured skunks and safe, less stressful handling and restraint techniques. 

From hatching to release, this class will discuss the natural history of snapping turtles plus, take an in-depth look at the care and husbandry of hatchling snapping turtles!  It's truly a snap!

American woodcocks can be unusually tricky.  This presentation covers proper care techniques for the rehabilitation and release of both young and adult woodcocks.  Learn the appropriate set-up for these unique shorebirds and recommendations for release.

Wounds are encountered daily in wildlife rehabilitation.  This lecture covers various degrees of wounds, levels of contamination, wound healing and a variety of therapeutic options.  Discussion focuses on topical therapy and bandaging.

As busy rehabilitators, we often find ourselves prioritizing species and utilizing semi-effective protocols due to time constraints.  For many reasons cottontail losses outnumber successes.  Recognizing and implementing a few key elements will increase cottontail rehab efforts.  This session will present and inspire simple changes in everyday protocols and medical treatment plans that can make a difference for one of our most valuable native prey species.

Husbandry is a vital part of rehab success for injured reptiles, especially turtles.  Adequate enclosure size, lighting, enrichment and temperature are as important to the reptile patient as medical care and diet.  A minimal initial investment can determine the future success of your reptile rehab.  Learn how to keep patients feeling safe, promote healing and speed recovery time to release.  

The key to mentally healthy animals, whether they are rehab patients or ambassadors, is providing a stimulating environment.  Learn the steps to creating and implementing a QUALITY enrichment program.  This class will review safety hazards, enrichment calendars, finding time to make enrichment, creative ideas with limited resources and record keeping.

This workshop covers the when, what, why and how of fluid therapy in avian, mammal and reptile species. When to consider fluid therapy, how to assess dehydration, what type of fluids to use, what route of administration and type of equipment is needed and how to use it and animal restraint.

This lecture offers a general understanding of feather anatomy, function and pathology.  The discussion includes commonly encountered issues seen in rehabilitation, such as feather damage, malformations and waterproofing challenges as well as treatment options and prognoses.

The most effective wildlife conservation efforts rely on large collaborative efforts from a myriad of organizations.  Learn how groups in Ohio are working together to address serious avian conservation designs and how rehabilitators play a critical role in advancing our understanding of these issues.

This workshop covers the basics of a physical examination, how to correctly bandage and the various techniques and materials used. Learn how to assess fractures, control bleeding and stabilize the patient, inject fluids and much, much more.

Back by popular demand, this workshop walks students through the various types of professional wing wraps. Learn stabilization techniques as you advance through the multiple stages of wing wrapping.  

This workshop is a 2 part series.  The basics of this class focus on the stabilization of neonates, nutritional needs, weaning and the nuances of raising tree and ground squirrels.  Learn more about caging, enrichment, behavior and general health of infant squirrels.  The workshop then moves into more advance topics of tree and ground squirrels.  Detecting developmental defects, fractures and learning how to recognize and treat common injuries and illnesses.


By being a member and/or donating, you can help us continue to provide quality education opportunities for Ohio's amazing team of wildlife rehabilitators. Thanks for supporting our mission and Ohio's wildlife!

Goal: $5,000.00
Collected: $1,225.00
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