2020 WRAM Conference and Annual Meeting

Saturday, March 14, 2020

9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Agnes Varis Auditorium Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536
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Featured Speakers

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  • Keynote: Brian Bjorklund, Wildlife/Rabies Biologist and Coordinator for the Cape Cod Rabies Program, United States Department of Agriculture – Wildlife Services: USDA Rabies Program of Southeast Massachusetts and Cape Cod
  • Eve Schlüter Ph.D., Assistant Director, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife: Mass F&W meet and greet, policy updates, and Q&A
  • Ceacy Henderson, MA state and federally licensed rehabilitator: Bats and Rehab: What every rehabber needs to know even if you don’t take bats: cover basic rehab considerations such as taking the call, housing, feeding, handling, IDing, and to emphasize that bats are amazing, unique, non-aggressive and need help
  • Jane Newhouse, MA state licensed wildlife rehabilitator: Leveraging Social Media for Successful Fundraising and so much more

Optional Afternoon Wildlife Triage Lab: $25 additional cost, limited space, details found below

The lab is currently FULL. When you register, you can request to be added to the waitlist.

  • Priya Patel, BVM MRCVS, Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center Medical Director & Wildlife Veterinarian

Afternoon Breakout sessions for all other attendees who will not be in the lab: speakers, topics, and descriptions found below

Other events throughout the day

  • Breakfast/Registration at 8am
  • Lunch with networking opportunities
  • WRAM T-shirt sales
  • Vendors with items for purchase
  • Veterinary Appreciation Award, President’s Award, Photo Contest Winners, Interactive game, NWRA reports from WRAM sponsored attendees, Mentor program updates
  • Annual WRAM Raffle
  • WRAM Annual Members Meeting and elections at 5:30 pm

Registration Fees:

  • $20 – WRAM Member (You must be a paid 2019 WRAM member prior to the event)
  • $30 – Non-WRAM Member (To become a WRAM member, please visit https://www.wraminc.org/join-wram/)
  • $25 – Additional Registration Fee for afternoon Wildlife Triage Lab (space is limited, first come first come first serve basis, no exceptions)

All Registration payments include lunch. Please Register by March 7, 2020 to reserve a seat.

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If you are unable to register online, please contact Whitney at whitney.stiehler@tufts.edu

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Afternoon Program Options and Details

The lab is currently FULL. When you register, you can request to be added to the waitlist.

OPTIONAL Lab (+$25)

Optional Afternoon Wildlife Triage Lab: $25 additional cost, limited space, (1-3pm)

  • Priya Patel, BVM MRCVS, Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center Medical Director & Wildlife Veterinarian
    • Being able to perform a thorough physical exam is one of the most important skills to have as a rehabber. During this lab you will learn how to perform a physical exam and what information about the animal is most helpful to help determine what happened and guide your treatment plan. Next you will practice triaging bird, mammal, and reptile cadavers to see if you can figure out what injuries are present. The lab will finish with a discussion of each animal including follow up diagnostics to help confirm diagnoses.
    • Topics covered will include: species ID, body condition scoring, anatomy and physiology, common wildlife presentations, and possible treatment protocols

Breakout Sessions

Afternoon Breakout sessions for all other attendees who will not be in the lab, during the registration process you will be required to choose one topic for each time slot(1-1:45 and 2-2:45pm)

1:00-1:45

2:00-2:45

Mammal track

Wildlife Capture & Restraint: How to safely and effectively rescue and treat your patient while not getting bit, poked, stabbed, mangled or otherwise abused by your patients: Rob Adamski, DVM, Mike Parker, Weymouth ACO

Orphaned Eastern Gray Squirrels – 14 Year of Lessons Learned, by Jennifer Taylor, Wild Care Inc., Animal Care Coordinator
*After years of rehabilitating hundreds of baby squirrels at Wild Care in Eastham MA, Jennifer will share recipes, tips and tricks that Wild Care’s staff have developed, to make their Orphaned Squirrel Program a successful one. It wasn’t all easy!

*Jennifer will provide stories and advice on caring for”pinkies”, diarrhea, diet, habitats, reuniting, imprinting, releasing and more.

1:00-1:45

2:00-2:45

Bird/Reptile track

Baby Bird Bonanza – Establishing a Successful Baby Bird Rehabilitation Program, by Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care, Inc., Executive Director
*Wild Care receives over 300 orphaned birds per year, largely songbirds. They can accommodate such a large volume of animals, because their volunteer program is for the birds!

*Stephanie will discuss how anyone can develop a successful Baby Bird Program in their home or facility utilizing volunteer power and developing a 3-steps-till-fledge program. Discussion will cover avian housing needs, volunteer scheduling, roles, responsibilities, training and more.

Basic Turtle Triage, Set-up, and Stabilization:

Alexxia Bell and Natasha Nowick, Turtle Rescue League, MA State permitted wildlife rehabilitators

1:00-1:45

2:00-2:45

Informational Resource track

Rehabbing Alone: A discussion for new at-home rehabbers: Kathleen and Nancy Bordewieck, MA and Federal permitted Wildlife Rehabilitators, Dawndale Farm Wildlife, Inc.

Call of the Wild: How to answer phone calls by Zak Mertz, MA State and Federally permitted wildlife rehabilitator, Cape Wildlife Center

Zak will cover basic communication strategies and note taking, provide some tips and tricks for dealing with difficult callers, best practices for addressing public health related and RVS calls (using F&W and DPH guidelines), and present some common case scenarios for calls we get frequently