Living with Urban Wildlife
by Vikki Henry, Wildlife Rescue Team
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Wachiska Program — Thursday, September 9, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom web conference
Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. (WRT) was created in Lincoln in 1979 when our founder, Carol Odell, worked with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to get a permit to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife legally in Nebraska. We now have a group of Nebraska volunteer rehabbers from Omaha to Scottsbluff to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wildlife. Much of what we do is not only rehabbing the animals so they can be released back into the wild, but also educating the public on whether or not that animal actually needs to be rescued.
WRT cares for approximately 3,000 wild animals each year which includes everything from songbirds and waterfowl to squirrels, bunnies, opossums, raccoons, turtles, bobcats, and foxes. This Zoom program will describe and show photos of many of our patients, with follow-up comments on what led to their time with us and results of their rehab.
We are all volunteers; no one gets paid for their work. WRT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations go to take care of the animals and pay for vet bills, supplies, and food. Every year we use over 25 bags of powdered formula for the mammals, and each bag costs around $300! WRT is always in need of volunteers to care for our animals, along with release sites, donations of supplies, etc. If you are interested in finding out more about being a WRT volunteer, call 402-473-1951 or use our website at wildliferescueteamincne.org. We can send you membership information and get you in touch with a team leader who can train you on caring for the wildlife.
Join Wachiska for the next Zoom presentation on Thursday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m. when Carrie Nunez, president of the Wildlife Rescue Team, will present the group’s program on their work. (This presentation is being rescheduled from its original time in June.) This free, public program is available to those who register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqfuytrjwqHNfEja0CBHWAlDIB_5PYbAYV. Copy and paste this link into your browser or go to Wachiska’s website after September 1 and click on the link directly from the notice to register. You will then receive a confirmation with the meeting number and password. Keep that email and a few minutes before the program is to begin, click on that confirmation and you’ll be invited into the meeting. Invite your friends to join us, too! Hope to see you September 9 via Zoom.