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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Rescue/rehabilitate/release wild animals

Programs: Animal rehabilitation and care of over 300 animals

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

1 Anne K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

friendlyearth

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am impressed with organization, teaching programs and approachability with all the rehabbers. Very enthusiatic with newbies as myself. Looking forward to spending time mentoring and helping injured wildlife in the area. I am looking forward to the Raptor class coming up at the UCD Raptor Center. I would not have been aware of such class unles the Raptor team leader at Sierra Wildlife had imformed me. Went to a team meeting today and I was impressed with the organization and spirit. I wish more people were involved. They need more help. We already have 11 birds and the season has not yet begun. Hoping the word gets out. Thanks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that has many dedicated people that spend most of their days caring for injured or orphaned wildlife. This is a full time job. Not something that they do now and then. When they are caring for an injured or orphaned animal they work around the clock to care for that animal so that it can be released back into the wild.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having volunteered with a number of non-profits, I became a member of Sierra Wildlife Rescue several years ago after learning more about their work in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.
I have been impressed by the dedication of their volunteers who often work around the clock caring for injured and orphaned wild animals. Their goal is to rehabilitate them and return them to the wild.
In addition, the management of the organization is exemplary! With Board members serving annual terms, this allows for representation across the membership. Moreover, the board values its volunteers as they work...together...toward a common goal.
I highly recommend supporting Sierra Wildlife Rescue by becoming a member or donating at www.sierrawildliferescue.org!