SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE SOCIETY
April 28, 2010
I have been a volunteer at Wildhaven Ranch for almost 4 years. I started out as a Wildlife Care Provider which means feeding dead rodents to animals and cleaning up poop and a lot more. I still do all of that but have taken advanced courses in Wildlife rescue and care and have been a Bird of Prey handler for over 2 years. Every bit of the cleaning and feeding and hard work is more than worth standing a foot from a magnificent eagle and seeing the colors and configuration of their feathers. To have a raccoon digging through your pockets. To hold a beautiful hawk or owl on my fist and have children ooh and ahh because they have never seen one so close is the most wonderful experience imaginable. Aside from all that the ultimate is to see an injured or orphaned animal released back into the wild. A few hours with the animals at Wildhaven make all the problems and pressures of life bearable.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Being with wild animals. Seeing the progress a sickly or injured animal makes under our care.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
For the most wonderful and very dedicated people. Those who are not do not stay long.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Build additional enclosures, repair damages from weather. Staff more educational programs, send more people to training classes, purchase medical equipment.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I clean and feed the animals. Show Birds of Prey for education.