SPRINGDALE – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a free, one-day workshop for anyone interested in learning more about wildlife rehabilitation and the rules regarding the rehabilitation of native Arkansas animals from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May at the JB and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center. This workshop was originally scheduled for February but had to be postponed due to bad weather.
“The workshop was originally full, and we sent a notice to everyone who had already registered, but there will likely be open spots that others may want to fill,” said Dr. Jenn Ballard, state wildlife veterinarian for the AGFC. . “The workshop is not just for current rehabilitators to learn new techniques and protocols, but for anyone interested in becoming a registered rehabilitator in Arkansas. Wildlife rehabilitators are independent volunteers who do not receive no pay or compensation for their work, but we can offer them professional assistance and facilitate training to help them achieve their passion.”
AGFC certification is required to rehabilitate native mammals, reptiles, or amphibians in the state. Other species, such as eagles, hawks, waterfowl, and songbirds, require special federal training and certification. This workshop will cover species that can be rehabilitated as well as an overview of how wildlife rehabilitation can support conservation in Arkansas.
In addition to presentations, two speakers from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council will discuss the basics of wildlife rehabilitation and a few topics of interest to rehabilitators.
Registration is limited to the first 40 people who register through the AGFC Events Calendar at https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/182413. Lunch will be provided, thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation who have partnered with the IWRC and AGFC to host the event.
Visit https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/182413 to register for this workshop. Additional wildlife rehabilitation resources are available at www.agfc.com/rehab.
About the JB and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center: This 32,000-square-foot, 61-acre facility is the newest place to learn about the natural world and outdoor recreation in Northwestern Northwest. ‘Arkansas. This is the ninth nature center developed by the AGFC with assistance from the Amendment 75 Conservation Sales Fund. Learn more about the Ozark Highlands Nature Center at www.agfc.com/ozarkhighlands or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JBJHFOHNC.
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