On February 18-19, 2012 over 50 people gathered for a 2 day in-depth course on the Basics of Wildlife Rehabilitation. The course was taught by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, which has been training wildlife rehabbers around the world for many years. The course covered topics including basic anatomy and physiology, calculating drug dosages, handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, initial care and physical examination, nutrition and associated diseases, standards for housing, zoonoses, euthanasia criteria and release criteria.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation graciously opened their doors at their education building at Arcadia Lake for the two days. Overlooking the lake we were interrupted as a bald eagle soared past the windows. Damon Springer, with ODWC Information and Education Division and Intern Aaron were very gracious with all the activity and longs hours for the weekend. Thank you!
Jim and Annette Brown of Maguire Store donated lunch for all the students. Danny Doyle of Country Boy Markets in Harrah made sure that there was plenty of fresh fruit for the entire course. Thank you both!!! Special thanks to Angela who ran our kitchen for the two days. She made sure there were muffins and French toast casserole for breakfast. She also put on her brakes to miss a deer on the way to the course and dumped 4 gallons of her home made potato soup in the floor board of her car. The deer was lucky, her carpet was not!