Mission: Our mission is two-fold. One is to rehabilitate and return to the wild the sick, injured, and orphaned patients we receive. The other is to provide comprehensive wildlife and environmental education to the public.
Results: With help from our many volunteers, we have built new enclosures for the bird patients and for our raptor education ambassadors. Over 60% of our patients are successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wild. These patients would not have survived without our care. Some of the non-releasable raptors have been sent to other carefully chosen education groups to become their wildlife ambassadors.
We have seen well over 30,000 children and adults in our efforts for wildlife and environmental education at schools and community groups and events. The many thousands of phone calls we return each year have brought help to birds in need and education to the finders. We also advise those callers who are having nuisance wildlife problems to find humane solutions.
Target demographics: SBWR provides education programs to all ages, from elementary school children to college students and older adults. We participate in events with local nature centers and other community groups, primarily in the local South Bay, with some outreach to other areas. Our rehabilitation and telephone education efforts involve all of Los Angeles County and parts of Ventura, Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties.
Direct beneficiaries per year: All of the birds we take and all of the people we see directly benefit from our efforts.
Programs: SBWR gives many educational presentations to schools and community groups. We focus on urban wildlife in elementary schools, in keeping with the California State Science Framework. Older audiences benefit from more in-depth presentations, often accompanied by power-point presentations. To all of these we bring 4 – 8 of our 12 non-releasable education raptors, held by us on state and federal permits, and which serve as excellent wildlife ambassadors.
South Bay Wildlife Rehabilitation is a crucial ally to wildlife in Southern California. From the smallest songbirds to the biggest raptors, the crew at SBWR have seen it all, and helped them all.
These people work really hard and are totally dedicated to both the welfare of the animals, and to educating the public about them. The education birds in their program are a big hit at any outreach event, and serve as ambassadors to our wild neighbors. Children and adults alike are enchanted by the likes of Xena the hawk - not releasable into the wild, but an impressive spokesbird for wildlife - whenever she is present at an event.
The care that SBWR provides and the dedication to their patients and to their education birds is nothing short of amazing. From round-the-clock feedings to rehabilitative care, SBWR works tirelessly for the animals.
Please do anything and everything you can to help this wonderful nonprofit organization as they continue their fantastic work!