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Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center

Due Date: 2025-10-03T21:00:00.000Z
To educate the public about man's impact on the environment and mitigate that impact through care and rehabilitation of native wildlife. Welcome! The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned native wildlife. The center is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In the event of a petroleum spill, our trained volunteers are on a 24-hour call to respond to aid California wildlife. Interested in becoming a Volunteer? Join Us Here are a few things to consider before getting involved with wildlife rehabilitation at the center: It is not a petting zoo We care for animals who will hopefully be returned to the wild. Their survival depends upon them not becoming imprinted on humans. It is not glamorous There is a variety of work to be done at the center. Most of the work requires us to roll up our sleeves and get dirty. Typical work involves cleaning cages, washing dishes, doing endless laundry and cleaning more cages. There are also other volunteer opportunities such as: volunteering at events, stuffing envelopes, data entry, etc. It is time consuming A minimum of 4-5 consecutive hours per week is asked of each volunteer. It is emotional We work towards the rehabilitation and release of an injured creature who, despite our efforts, may not survive. But despite all this... It is rewarding In return, you may get to watch a sick or injured animal recover its health. You may get to hold open the cage door as a rehabilitated bird is released into the wild. Or you may nurture an orphaned baby who may mature and raise its own family in the wild. Learning The center teaches wildlife rehabilitation and animal husbandry. Volunteers may learn everything from the math of calculating calories for proper animal feeding to the biology of animal diseases and anatomy. Volunteers will also learn about the natural history of the animals native to Orange County and the geography of migration that brings animal visitors from as far away as Canada and Chile. Skills Responsibility is emphasized in the program; our responsibility as citizens to care for the environment and the volunteers' individual responsibility to arrive on time, follow rules, ask questions and work hard. Volunteers will enjoy working in small groups with experienced staff while learning to handle and care for wild animals. Proper sanitation techniques and the reasons for them will also be taught. Time management, adaptability and working calmly under stress are all part of the daily environment at our busy, ever-changing facility. If you want to apply as a volunteer, please, go to page Our website is, contact email is, contact phone is 714-374-5587

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