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March 21, 2011

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March 21, 2011

I have attended 6 training classes. Each instructor has been extremely experienced and educated regarding their topic matter. Instructors have also included veterinarians that perform wildlife medical treatments.
The experienced rehabbers are very good about mentoring new rehabbers to make
sure the wildlife is medically treated properly and the novice can handle the long term care of the animal.
I think the long term dedicated volunteers have very good communication. Whenever I need information they are quick to answer my inquiry or contact the next person in the organization that can be of assistance. The volunteers donate an enormous amount of personal time to ensure the success of Sierra Wildlife Rescue as a viable organization for our community.
The workshops are varied and respected that they attract rehabbers from other wildlife organizations and even the Forest Service to attend.

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I have talked with full time rehabbers and they show me pictures of the injuries they have healed and animals they released back into the wild.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to pay salary for up to two people to permanently staff the office and do fund raising. Development of a small and informative natural history exhibit and demonstrations. As with any volunteer organization that relies on limited funding to operate, the buildings that have housed the office, primary education space, and rehab space has had its limitations. The current building is the most appropriate so far but still needs improvement. They need more parking space too!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Expanded knowledge about wildlife in my region

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very proud that we have such a great organization as part of our community

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 14, 2011

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March 14, 2011

each spring i look forward to feeding the baby birds at sierra wildlife rescue. i work the morning shift. we usually start by 7 o'clock. work starts fast. the cages need to be uncovered, food needs to be warmed, water dishes have to be changed and cages need to be cleaned. different birds have different feeding habits and when they are young they may need to be fed every 15 minutes . and the fun begins. some times there is not a minute to think. I love it . 50 to 100 birds all needing care , and hopefully to be returned to the wild i know that swr is involved with rehabing many different kinds of animal maybe someday i will do that but for now i love the baby bird nursery

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happy faces

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

not my job

March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

Although there are many volunteer opportunities available at Sierra Wildlife Rescue, I became involved with their Baby Bird Nursery (BBN) program due to my love of birds and birdwatching. Baby birds often end up on the wrong side of the equation in interactions with wildlife and humans. Through progams like BBN, we can make a difference by helping injured, sick and abandoned birds. Due to Sierra Wildlife Rescue's careful monitoring, strict protocols, and extensive training program, the BBN has a good success rate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to rehabilitate and care for injured, sick and orphaned birds.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand it's paid staff and volunteer base so more could be done.

March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

I attended a SWR class a year ago and knew right away I would like to be a part of the fawn rehab. group. The team leaders are absolutely available, knowledgeable and support release with as little human interaction as possible during the rehab. process. My entire family is now involved in the rehabbing of local wildlife, in particular fawns. Unfortunately, there are not enough people that know how precious our wildlife is to the environment. SWR is a small group that is doing their best to get the word out to the local communities about conservation. SWR is a fantastic way to give back to the environment, community and learn about conservation in the process. Help us get the word out and become a volunteer or donor with SWR.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the release of the yearlings back into the wild where they thrive and are not habituated

Ways to make it better...

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

provide ongoing information to the communities about SWR and their mission as well as how the public can help.

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

I love volunteering for this organization because the members and volunteers are passionate about their cause. Wildlife is so important to our culture. This organization rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife and releases it back into the wild. We have such a symbiotic relationship with wildlife and this organization teaches how to rescue, rehabilitate and release these important creatures back into the wild. This organzation also plays an important role in educating adults and children about the different facets of wildlife, which is so important to preserve wildlife for future generations. These volunteers spend countless hours picking up injured wildlife and rehabilitating them for release. I serve in the baby bird nursery and my experience has been so valuable in taking care of injured birds and knowing that they will soon be released.

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I've seen injured or orphaned animals being brough into the center and the volunteers are so caring and go to great lengths to insure that these animals are properly cared for with the hopes that they can return to the wild.

Ways to make it better...

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

I don't have any at this time.

March 7, 2011

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March 7, 2011

Sierra Wildlife is a great organization that provides help to the wildlife of El Dorado County. As a volunteer I have seen dedicated individuals provide a variety of needs to achieve the goal of rehabilitating animals back into the wild.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen birds with injuries rehabilitated so they are able to return to the wild.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to get the word out to more people about the work we do.

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

None that I can think of. Needs more volunteers.

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

On several occasions my husband and/or I have found orphaned baby birds and brought them to Sierra Wildlife Rescue for rehabbing. This is an organization that does wonderful things for the environment both by rehabilitating and releasing all manner of injured or orphaned wildlife (from birds, skunks and squirrels to deer) and doing community outreach and education to help others understand the vital role wildlife play in the ecosystem.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been able to bring orphaned baby birds to the facility for rehabilitation and saw firsthand the wonderful care they receive when I volunteered at the Baby Bird Nursery a couple of years ago.

Ways to make it better...

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

...find a way to get more funding coming in so it could expand its reach.

March 6, 2011

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March 6, 2011

The 10 hours I spend here taking care of the baby or injured birds are the best hours of my week. I have been yearning to help again this spring, and will be excited to be a member of this team. The amount of birds re-released is incrediblebly high. It is very organiized and grows with each passing year. SWR is important to the wildlife rehabilitation in the Tahoe and Eldorado countys. The voulenteers are an integrel part of SWR, and the center could not run with out them.
Debbie

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working 10 hours a week last season, and saw huge strides in SWR programs and care

Ways to make it better...

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

Have more fundraisers and hopefully get more space

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