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March 7, 2011

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March 7, 2011

I live in a rural area and every year I find dying baby birds, deer, rabbits near my place. I didn't know where to go for assistance. Now there is a facility just a few miles from my place. I have phone numbers and am taking classes with the Sierra Wildlife Rescue group. The classes have been very informative.

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the information I have been given in the classes

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more volunteers are needed to help with the rescues. Hopefully, offering classes once a month as they have been doing lately will help.

March 7, 2011

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March 7, 2011

Each week during the summer, I assist caring for orphan birds. Knowing that I am helping sustain El Dorado County wildlife is very rewarding.

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Also, I have be able to take injured or orphaned birds to SWR, knowing they will be well taken care of.

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None that I can think of. Needs more volunteers.

March 7, 2011

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March 7, 2011

If we didn't have this group, TOO many animals would be left to die and not have a chance at life. These folks often speand their own money to make sure the animals are taken care of.

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when I caught a fox and they were out to help me let it go within 15 minutes.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get more donors.

March 7, 2011

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March 7, 2011

I've helped a neighbor who is a volunteer with SWR hand feeding baby raccoons and watching a wounded bird recover and fly again.
It is so very heartwarming to watch the damage that humans cause wildlife be turned around by human kindness.

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Volunteering in songbird rehabilitaion

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage more volunteers to sign up.

March 7, 2011

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March 7, 2011

I have utilized Sierra Wildlife Rescue on many occasions. From finding small birds that have fallen out of their nests, injured geese, and most recent a baby squirrel that had been brought to my front door by one of my cats - which was unhurt. I have been very impressed with everyone that I have been involved with and as an animal lover I appreciate everyone's committment to this program.

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In replacing injured animals

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

March 7, 2011

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March 7, 2011

A young bird literally dropped from the sky in front of me and looked to be in serious distress -- actually, it looked dead. But I noticed that it was still breathing, so I lifted it carefully and laid gently in a shoebox. Now what? I don't know anything about birds! I called a friend who recommended Sierra Wildlife Rescue as a resource for help. I called them on a weekend -- They were open -- I jumped in the car (now known as the bird ambulance) and drove right to their doorstep. I rushed my little feathered friend into the building where I was greeted by extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and cheerful volunteers who gently examined the bird, assessed its injuries, and began medical treatment. They saw all sorts of things that I was unaware of, not having been trained to do such work. They were so calm and took the time to explain the type and age of the bird, the extent of the injuries, what they thought had probably happened (a hawk had attacked it, was the common wisdom) and the care it would receive. I was amazed. I was so grateful! Here I had an injured bird and no way to know how to care for it -- But these folks sure did! My frustration and helplessness melted away -- this little bird was in good hands; he had a fighting chance! What a gift that was!
I was then asked to fill out a form regarding the circumstances of my finding the bird. Ok, I thought, here it comes, they're going to get my address and pester me for donations right? HA! Nothing could be further from the truth! They wanted my address so that when the little bird had recuperated, a volunteer could drive 20+ miles back down to where I lived to release him in his familiar habitat. Now, THAT'S commitment! I was so inspired that I made a donation right on the spot. I wanted to help these people who did such amazing work to preserve the wildlife in my area.
I am so THANKFUL that there is a resource in my area that would take care of an injured creature -- I was so RELIEVED that I had an option other than to keep the bird in the shoebox where it surely would have died -- I am so AWESTRUCK that this group of truly dedicated volunteers have made a such a difference by their work to rescue and rehabilitate animals, and to educate the public about respecting and understanding wildlife in our area.
Support for Sierra Wildlife Rescue is well deserved. Their services are invaluable to all who are concerned about, and committed to, the health and welfare of wildlife in our midst. They work miracles - believe it -- a little bird taught me.

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Their care and expertise in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. And, in visiting their recent open house, I have learned of the extensive work they do in education (through school visitation programs, for instance) to education the public about local wildlife.

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Provide as much public knowledge of the services provided by Sierra Wildlife Rescue as possible so that people who found themselves in my situation would know of a resource to get help.

March 6, 2011

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March 6, 2011

Sierra Wildlife Rescue has expertly trained volunteers. We had a baby squirrel abandoned on our property and their squirrel team responded on a weekend. You can always count on this organization to come to your rescue.

They also have come to my Senior Center twice in the past year to do
an educational session on their Birds of Prey. THey bring their birds about 30 miles to do this for us. The Seniors are very interested in nature and local nonprofit organizations.

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Help at my home with abandoned wildlife.

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Nothing could improve this group!

March 6, 2011

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March 6, 2011

This is the 3rd season that my daughter (age 13) and I are beginning our help with the Baby Bird Nursery in the spring through summer. She has been able to learn responsibility and work ethics as she does her part at the Sierra Wildlife Center on a weekly basis. She has mentored some of her friends and enjoys flaunting her expertise! She has demonstrated an increased interest/compassion for wild birds and other wildlife since we see it in an injured state, then we help to bring it back to health. It is something that we have in common to do in which I am not her boss, but we just work the same shift and she sees what the world of work/service is about; plus she has fun and thinks the lil' birdies are so cute. The fact that there are always baked goods for the volunteers, I'm hoping, is not the main reason that she has stuck with it!

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I feel like I am helping out in our community and meeting like-minded individuals with a common purpose in contributing to our wild beauty in the Sierra foothills. I am showing my daughter that we do things for the good of the action, not just for the monetary gain.

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We are making more positive changes each year, it seems. I would somehow reach out to more donors on a national level who could provide grants so that we can remain a viable, non-profit community organization indefinitely.

March 6, 2011

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March 6, 2011

I have never met an organization so dedicated to what they do. SWR volunteers are always happy and willing to come to the aid of injured animals, no matter the time of day or night. And their classes and trainings are informative. Most importantly, the work they do to aid teh recovery of sick and injured wildlife is invaluable.

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I have called a few times when I have encountered sick or injured wildlife. I have either received excellent info over the phone or a vo;volunteer has come out to take the animal to someone who will care for it.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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March 6, 2011

Sierra Wildlife Rescue (SWR) has been a visible and extremely beneficial presence in El Dorado County for many years. Their large, dedicated group of volunteers staff the office as well as the baby bird nursery during season, and individual volunteers offer their time and expertise year-round to rescue and rehab large and small creatures that, through no fault of their own, become injured on the busy roadways, run afoul of the ever encroaching human populace, become victims of cruelty, lose their mother or simply have an accident like the many baby birds that fall out of their nest before they are able to fly. Our wildlife represents an irreplaceable natural resource that SWR helps to protect.

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My most memorable personal experience with SWR occurred several years ago in late December. A huge red-tailed hawk injured itself flying into my picture window. I wrapped it in a towel, put it in a cat carrier and called SWR. I was connected with a prey bird rehabber and took the hawk to her home. After several days of intensive care and the sacrifice of a songbird that hadn't survived, the rehabber and two other SWR volunteers brought the hawk back and released it on my property on Christmas eve.

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In my opinion, SWR is making the best possible use of the funds available to them. It would be wonderful if they could eventually acquire a parcel of land and facilities that would accommodate multiple species of wildlife as well as an office and storage space for donated supplies in one location.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I don't recall for sure, but believe it was by word-of-mouth.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It gives me great peace of mind to know that, when I find a wild animal that needs assistance, expert help is always and immediately available from Sierra Wildlife Rescue.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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