Category Archives: wildlife rehabilitation

Volunteers Help Wounded Manatees

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(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

From birds who fly into city skyscrapers to animals hit by vehicles while crossing the street, volunteers are often part of the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. In Naples, Florida, volunteers took part in the release of manatees recently rehabilitated and deemed ready to return to the wild. Hopefully, this story will have a better end result than another recent story, out of Alabama, where a rescued manatee died before it could be released back into the best area for its survival. While there was a tragic end to that story, it does highlight again the role that volunteers played in both spotting the manatees and assisting local agencies in rescuing and rehabilitating them.

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Places and People Change but the Story is the Same

Creek(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

In many places, environmental volunteers are performing unusual and unique tasks. There are without question many different roles they can play and a wide range of things for them to do. On the other hand, many volunteers are doing the same kinds of things over and over again, in many different locations. While it would be nice to have problems end so that their work isn’t needed anymore, that just doesn’t happen. And when I’m looking for environmental stories, it’s typically the same kinds of stories I see over and over again. For example, this wildlife rehabilitation story out of Texas, so similar to the work being done by rehab volunteers around he world. Or it might be another great story of volunteers doing anything they can to clean up a local river or waterway, this one in Maryland. While it’s inspiring and exciting to see some of the more unusual and fascinating things environmental volunteers do, it’s important to remember the equally inspiring dedication and passion they bring to the same kinds of jobs, repeated over and over, wherever the work is necessary.

One Volunteer’s Inspiring Story

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by Robert Barossi

Many volunteer stories feature groups of volunteers working together for a common goal. Some stories focus on just one volunteer who leads the way, inspiring others with his or her actions. This article out of Virginia profiles one such volunteer. Diana O’Connor’s story is filled with her many years of wildlife care and rehabilitation. At the age of 70, and with a physical condition that limits what she can do, she is still rehabbing and saving wildlife as much as she possibly can. She even has a business card that describes her as simply “a volunteer for wildlife,” which is a pretty great job title to have.

O’Connor does much of her work with Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation.

One Volunteer’s Experience

Foliage Reflected(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

Been coming across a lot of stories lately that focus on volunteers who work in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. This one struck me because it’s in the volunteer’s own words, talking about her own personal experience. In a story out of Ontario, Paolina Lioren tells of her volunteer adventure and ends with a great line, “I look forward to doing it all over again next spring/summer, because, at the end of the day, every life matters and that’s what really counts!”

The organization Paolina worked with, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, can be found here.