Calling all helpline and transporter volunteers
October 20, 2018-fall Helpline and Transporter Training
Learn now during the slow season and be ready for spring!
We’ve had a very, very busy baby season, particularly with squirrels and bunnies. May through August 2018 alone, the Helpline received 2130 calls-that’s almost half of all calls received in a year! But the latest batch of squirrel babies are starting to grow up, the birds have fledged and flown away and bunnies are doing what bunnies do-make more bunnies! November through February is the perfect time to begin volunteering on the WRL Helpline or as a Transporter. Helpline Volunteers return calls to the public, giving advice and providing resources and referrals. They also contact area vets to determine what wildlife is being held and treated. Finally, they contact rehabilitators for placement of wildlife. The Helpline is open 9-5 seven days a week. Shifts are two hours at a time with a minimum requirement of three shifts/month.
Wildlife Transporters pick up wildlife from area vets and shelters and deliver it to rehabilitators. All wildlife is contained when picked up and Transporters are provided contact information and addresses for rehabilitator destinations. Transporters sign up for specific dates with a minimum of two dates/month.
Helpline and Transport volunteers play a vital role in aiding our rehabilitators, our vets and the public to provide the best options available for injured, orphaned and abandoned wildlife.
Our next helpline/transporter training is October 20, 2018 from 2PM-4PM at the Long Branch Nature Center, 625 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA. If you are interested in attending, click on the Sign Up button below. Materials will be provided.