Saturday, January 4, 2020

Gone in a FLASH - 2019 report


2019 ANNUAL REPORT
I will document the 2019 report a little different this year, instead of listing by specific categories: wildlife, education and financial, I wanted to take you deeper into what actually takes place at your nonprofit wildlife center. My hope is you will see an area where you can lend a hand in 2020. You will read we needed all hands on deck (and more) in 2019.

January
   Over 100 volunteer hours recorded. 4 raccoon and 5 squirrel patients who had been in care since June and September 2018 are still being cared for. Their daily requirements are shelter, food, water, and enrichment. New patients accepted were one female Mallard and one Fox Squirrel. Complete and submit the 2018 USFWS and IDFG wild animal rehabilitation reports. Projects needing attention are the access doorway from the infirmary into the mammal room and the Intern RV needs propane heater repaired.  Volunteers responded to less than a dozen phone messages.
   Planning started for the upcoming 2019 events including reviewing the candidates for the September clean comedy show. Additionally, applications for the summer internship started being submitted for review. Preparing the powerpoint presentation for the little panida theater event next month. The January newsletter was prepared and sent/posted.  New website software was used to create a fresh new look to our webpage – dozens of hours were donated. Much of 2018 was spent working on the page and attempting to upload as well as 2019. There were just not enough hours in the day to put this necessary item higher on the priority list. Technology issues related to malicious hackers followed our webpage into the 2019 year. Our new software which would have offered a more user friendly and fresh updated view has not been able to be uploaded to our new secure https:// website. The webpage able to be viewed and uploaded was from 2017 and was interfering with our ability to update the page and use the new software. The creator of AHWF found time to begin preparing her 6th book – an anecdotal retelling of past wildlife patients over the course of almost 20 years.   
   For the last several years our volunteers have been offering the citizens of Bonner County lectures relating to wildlife. During the first three to five months you will find AHWF at the Clark Fork Library on the second Saturday of the month. In January 2019, we continued this tradition. January topic native neighbors and the requirements of a habitat. A planning session for next month’s public event took place as well. Frequent posts were made on the various social media sites as well as posting the 2018 annual report onto our blogger page. Start working on the applications for USFWS and IDFG special purpose for possession of dead migratory birds (and mammals) for educational purpose permits. Submit with required fees when completed. Begin researching various STEM approved educational items to purchase for the nature walk. the project is at a standstill.     Teespring and paypal contributions continuing to be automatically deposited. Thank you letters to all donors who contributed funds this month. Applied for one general operating expenses grant – if approved will be notified in March. Working on a community strategies grant – will be notified in May and wildlife care grant. IRS form 990 to be prepared and submitted soon. Conversations started regarding the upcoming bowling for wildlife and the panida theater events. Monthly board meeting.    
   
February
   Almost 200 volunteer hours recorded. Continuing care of the raccoons, squirrels, and duck. Volunteers responded to around a dozen phone messages. Admittance of one silver haired bat, who required daily feedings. Responded to three other cases – crow, squirrel and cormorant who were not delivered or died. Intern interviews took place. The chosen candidates declined the position. The position reposted and promoted. Research about new incubators. Local veterinarian donated a very old but functioning xray machine – need to identify where a room can be built and then coordinate how to operate along with necessary supplies needed.
   Clark Fork Library presentation on backyard birds (to recognize the great backyard bird count national birders event) took place the second Saturday of the month.  Did not attend and set up a table at the bonner mall cabin fever sale. More coordinating details and advertising of the bowling for wildlife event at huckleberry lanes next month. Prepare and send press releases.    Prepare for and provide the educational and entertaining program our 3rd annual AHWF, ICL, KLT combined event at the little panida theater. This year Jerry Ferrara speaking about his wildlife photography career. Little Eagle – the domestic rock dove who had been cared for over a decade died of cancer at the end of 2018 and had been at the taxidermist. She was returned and is ready to be used as an educational tool. A Great Blue Heron patient who died was delivered and is to be mounted as a teaching device (at least 6 months wait). Meeting with Sandpoint Community Resource Center discussing volunteer recruitment.     Website host contract (purchased in 2015) expires February 2021. Domain paid through 2024. Average not quite $100 per year. Additionally the SSL and security deluxe contract were renewed to ensure site remains a clean site for one year over $300. This is the final year of the local pages contract. Did not renew this phone book advertising contract. Maintaining presence on social media.
Volunteers working to update the volunteer list and one board member attended a session about board management and training. Two board members met to discuss the nature path booklet and other useful teaching tools. Board meeting agenda emailed. Interim report submitted to the funder who approved the grant to create the Nature Walk, the final is due next month. The final report was completed for a grant received in 2018. One grant submitted for outreach. IdahoGives is the online event in May, cost to enter is $100. We have averaged just over $500 per year profits the last 4 years. The crowdfunding pages are successful when created and promoted but unable to make time for this project. Funds continuing to come in monthly from a handful of donors. Prepare and send out thank you letters. Funds also gained from the online shopping programs including escrip - yokes.   

March
   More than 200 volunteer hours recorded. Continuing to care for the Mallard Duck, Raccoons, Fox Squirrel and Bat.  about a dozen phone messages recorded. Interviews for the intern beginning again. Additional research on possibly purchasing new incubators and also a class 3 ‘healing’ laser. Unable to attend the Bat care symposium in Boise. USFWS and IDFG special use for education permits approved – cost $127.   
   Report sent to the state tax commission. Board meeting with focus on entering or declining to enter again the online idahogives fundraising event.  Prepare thank you letters to the donors from this month including the handful of monthly donors.    Library presentation on wild babies – to rescue or not to rescue.  Bingo at the Clark Fork Center being coordinated. Bowling for Wildlife (fundraiser) at Huckleberry Lanes took place over $400 collected. Drawing for Silverwood passes raffle took place. Wildlife trust contribution obtained. Some nature prepare progress with the goal of EarthDay grand opening including education stations. Purchased some teaching tools. Highway clean up date chosen for next month. Investigating possibility of a volunteer promotional event at local restaurant. High School student interviewed founder for her senior project.IPA contacted for the usual annual autumn event but they are booked.  Matchwood brewery contacted for upcoming September event. Comedian chosen, need to complete the contract, reserve the venue, and hotel. Send in story to the One million acts of good – ellen degeneres and cheerios campaign to promote good deeds and service groups. Contact north 40 regarding offering public presentations (as seen in their flyer). Website clean and secure for one year. working with one volunteer to submit her photos to an online source where vistors can purchase thereby creating a revenue source for AHWF. Creating bowling event  advertisements.

April
   Almost 300 volunteer hours recorded. Continuing daily care for a few weeks before releasing the 4 Raccoons (in care for 10 months), 5 Fox Squirrels (in care for 8 months) and the Mallard Duck (in care for about 10 weeks). Responded to around 50 phone messages. Met and instructed new animal care volunteer. New battery pack purchased for the cordless.  Continuing care of the Silver Haired Bat and accepted one Pine Squirrel as well as one Snowshoe Hare and one Coyote. The latter two were hit by cars and died.  Passerine bird care book purchased. Time being committed to creating powerpoint protocols to be used as training new animal care volunteers and interns. Photos submitted to a research student creating a baby bird identification database through Tufts University. Several hours dedicated to preparing the intern RV and attempting to fix the propane issues.
   Board meeting and. Library presentation on respect and humane eviction. Created advertisement seeking volunteers since no intern was found cost around $150. Promotion of ahwf merchandise on our social media pages. Two sweatshirts sold. Thank you letters mailed to the monthly donors. Several days nature walk trail work taking place but we were not able to open for EarthDay as we had hoped. Attend a nonprofit awareness event at a town pub. Pick up supplies for and schedule the Highway clean up. Bingo fundraiser took place, despite modest turn out almost $800 from the game, donated food and beverage and raffles. Contact made with another ‘shopping for charity’ type program. wine cellars will donate 15% to charity.  Meeting with local business relating to cost of creating educational banners for the nature walk. contact made for a repairman for the intern RV propane issues with water heater and furnace. File the 990N with the IRS. Paid the $100 entry fee for IdahoGives next month. No time to create additional crowdfunding campaign. Check sent to reserve the venue for the clean comedy show and silent auction for September. Contract returned to the comedian and $1000 fee. Hotel to be booked soon. Start process of locating beer and wine vendor. Last years chosen did not show up. Over 200 pounds of Aluminum cans collected by supporters delivered for recycling. raised almost $100.

May
   Over 400 volunteer hours recorded. Around 60 phone messages responded to. Accept one juvenile Dove, four nestling American Robins, one Northern Painted Turtle, one Broad Tailed Hummingbird, one young Canada Goose, one Chipping Sparrow, five hatchling Finches, three Coyote pups, one Mallard Duckling. Three juvenile Crows. One Morning Dove. And five young Deer Mice. One adult and one juvenile Wild Turkey received doa, one Black Chinned Hummingbird, two Mallard Ducklings. Continue daily care of the Pine Squirrel and the Silver Haired Bat from previous months intake. Work on exterior yard preparations - thank you to those who assisted.  Two applicants interested in the intern position.  Unable to attend the Washington state rehabbers conference. Wildlife triage webinar attended.   A few volunteers able to come out a few days. Two of our main trail work volunteers moved out of the area. Limited time to update the quick reference diet cards. Wildlife protocols completed. Board meeting agenda emailed. Arranged transfer of the single young gosling to a facility about three hours away who has permits to possess foster geese and coordinate release later in the month of the Dove. Sadly many of the patients either died from their trauma or were euthanized.
   Contact made to discuss potential event at wrenco arms new indoor shooting range.  
Prepare grant. Contact north 40 for wildlife educational sessions again without result.
IdahoGives took place with a few locations in town set up to promote our causes. Total income over $1000 thanks to the bonus award of $500. Prepare thank you letters to each donor. Ordering necessary supplies. Conversation took place with possibility of major ‘rock star’ as supporter. Thank you letters created for the monthly donors. Continuing to post on social media and a mini newsletter . A few days of nature walk trail volunteer work. Amazon shopping and other direct deposits made as well as our supporting monthly donors. Sign up for the babywarm incubator program. Create sponsor an animal posts. Start preparing the upcoming newsletter. Sign up for the charity donation program through rodentpro. Unable to accept the invitation to set up a table at the lost in the 50’s event. Start researching the bar trivia rules for the upcoming wildlife trivia event. Researching the cost of alcohol vendors for the comedy show. Sent in the ink cartridges for recycling. still need to collect rhree more technology items such as cell phone, ipad kindle to submit for recycling. one new monthly online donor.   Highway clean up scheduled. 5 patrons in attendance. No responses from the two weeks of reader advertisements seeking volunteers. Working to coordinate the wildlife trivia event and the live music fundraiser. Dr.Mehra (NIAH) used her local media publication spot to promote renesting or reuniting wild animals first in her usual monthly write up.

June
   More than 500 volunteer hours recorded, about 12 days of volunteers at the facility. Over 100 phone calls responded to. Calls included the Sandpoint City Beach round up of all Canada Geese took place – time invested to find out from state and federal agencies if this was approved and permitted. The IDFG decision to not allow transfer of ungulates from central Idaho to the north due to CWD concerns as well as refusal to rehabilitate any central Idaho predators. Additionally the rejection of accepting or returning any predatory species from Washington. One caller sought our assistance with a wild animal she had kept for 2 month and wanted to release it but the animal was completely habituated. We will not accept any animal from citizens who made the perpetual decision to ‘care long term’ for this animal. Policy will be clarified to disallow non-native species as well. About 10 days of helpers assisting with animal care. Animal taxi volunteers have been assisting with transport when the veterinary hospital calls with cases. New patients: Pine Squirrel patient, Robin adult, Finch nestling, Mountain Chickadee subadult, two nestling Rufous Hummingbirds, one hatchling Pygmy Nuthatch, one Skunk youngster, one Pileated Woodpecker,  one Hairy Woodpecker, one Snowshoe Hare, one Raccoon juvenile, one Winter Wren.  two Crows and one Mallard Duck. Still caring daily for the Dove, Turtle, Pine Squirrels, Ducklings, Crows, Coyotes Deer Mice and Bat. Schedule release of Finches, Pine Squirrels, Deer Mice.Crow, Mallard duck and Turtle. Finally release the  Silver Haired Bat after 4 months of care.
   Register for the Brinsea grant. Post on social media and announce via email of this program. We were supported in just a few hours and received our brand new TLC 40 Incubator!  Thank you notices created for monthly donors and all online donors who provided their contact.
Contact made to Schweitzer mountain resort about the chairs for charity program. Unfortunately no one nominated AHWF and by the time our volunteers heard about it all the $2000 ski lift chairs were already designated. Declined the annual Schweitzer Mountain 7BSunday due to lack of volunteers. The Idaho Club walk with an expert was cancelled. Board meeting. Complete and sent in a general operating grant request. Phone calls made for volunteers to assist with the Independence day celebration in Clark Fork next month. A few days of nature walk work. start working on the newsletter for next month. Unable to make time to telephone those who have emailed or sent in volunteer forms. Minimal responses from the facebook post pleading for volunteer help.  Nature walk volunteer day this month. The final report was due to the funder March.

July
   Over 300 volunteer hours recorded. Responded to almost 100 phone calls this month; one day there was 18 messages waiting. only 9 days of animal care helpers. Continuing to provide daily care for young Mallard Ducks, Skunk, Raccoon, Pygmy Nuthatch, Woodpecker, American Crows and Coyotes. Accepted new patients: 5 Skunks who after quarantine were introduced to the single currently in care. one Mink, one Northern Flicker, two Barn Swallow nestlings (who require daily feedings for 16 hours each day). one Big Brown Bat adult. one Violet Green Swallow. one neonatal big brown Bat (about the size of a thumb nail) weighing 1.9 grams. one Crow. one Pine Squirrel. one Barn Swallow youngster. one subadult Robin. one Pine Siskin. three Sparrow nestlings. one House Finch – with several medical issues. one Rufous Hummingbird with broken wing.  two Robin nestlings. Also arranged the transfer of two young raccoons from a licensed facility in Boise so the single currently in care will have companions. Volunteers here working on just cleaning several times and preparing the raccoon external yard for use.  Coordinated the release of the Barn Swallows and the three Crows. Arranged transfer including animal taxi relay team for the Bat Baby to a licensed facility about three hours away who had the time to dedicate to him. Released the Hairy Woodpecker, the Pygmy Nuthatch who had required 14 hours a day minimum every day since early June when accepted. Coordinated and released the Coyotes – Idaho state requires that all predatory species be released on private property not state lands. Also released the Skunks and 2 different Crows. Mid-month was the first time in several weeks that the main wildlife care specialist could end the day before 9PM! Search and submit hatchling and nestling photographs to a student from Tufts university creating a baby bird database. Attend webinar regarding nonprofit management. Prepare Idaho department of fish and game rehabilitation renewal permit and the AHWF newsletter.  
   Renew the highway clean up contract with Idaho transportation department. Send in Idaho Secretary of State report. Set up for the Independence day celebration in Clark Fork. Work on creating the wildlife trivia questions for the upcoming presentation. Start investigating the formation of a state network of rehabbers. Send emails about the interest of forming a state network of Idaho Wildlife Rehabilitators Board meeting agenda emailed. Start searching for event sponsors for the upcoming events. Prepare ads for the listing of all upcoming events and press releases. Meet with Matchwood Brewery owner regarding the upcoming trivia night event in September and spoke with Farmhouse Kitchen to be the beer and wine vendor for the comedy show.  Board member created and purchased custom created ahwf lapel pins to hand out at the comedy show. Thank you letters prepared for the monthly donors and other supporters including those who chose items from our wish list. Nature Walk trail work twice this month. Work on the nature walk booklet and send to printer.

August
   More than 200 volunteer hours recorded. continuing care for the Mink, Raccoons, nest of Sparrows and the quarantined House Sparrow. Respond to 50 phone calls. Coordinating with various volunteers to assist with animal care. about 8 days of animal care volunteers. Accept new patients; two Robin nestlings, one neonatal Fox Squirrel, one nest of House Wrens, and one Osprey sadly was doa. Coordinate the release of Sparrows and the young Mink to rejoin mother and sibling.
   Primary means of transportation required a trip to the mechanic. Brakes, suspension and engine gasket repairs needed. A few additional issues but will wait until next year for serpentine belt and alignment.  Begin planning with a central Idaho rehabber about the creation of creation of a network of Idaho rehabilitators. Board meeting agenda emailed. Promote scarecrow and comedy show along with other events. Solicit auction items and event sponsorships. Local high school student to start assisting twice a month until year end.  Working out final details for all aspects of each event taking place next month including alcohol permit from city of East Hope. Schedule times to work on grants for educational outreach/general operating. Meet with new board member treasurer reviewing financial data to date.  Two days of trail work completed – thank you Al & Lori. Obtain and plant assorted native and ornamental plant starts along the nature walk. Thank you letters sent to donors. Looking to schedule time to ‘winterize’ the facility enclosures.

September
   Around 300 volunteer hours recorded. over 2 dozen phone calls recorded. continuing care of the Raccoons, Fox Squirrel, and House Sparrow.  Accept new patients; two young Fox Squirrels and one Striped Skunk doa. Coordinate a release of the Raccoons mid-month.  Network with other rehabbers about challenging neonatal squirrel case. Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife rehabilitation permit renewed. Meeting in McCall of a few Idaho rehabilitators was cancelled. 
   Events taking place every week: Two wildlife trivia events, the 4th annual silent auction and clean comedy night, the funnel cake fundraiser, the 1st annual Alan & Jeannie Roach Apple pressing festival and carnival. Three days work on the nature walk trail. Two days of assistance from the high school student. Preparing a grant for submission and final report from previous approved grant. Board meeting agenda emailed. Respond to the local publication printing an article from a private citizen using the internet to guide her in how to raise a Robin. Inquire about the upcoming Christmas craft fair booth spaces from various locations. Review radio questions for the upcoming interview with the morning show on KRFY. Promote next month’s fundraising event and the scarecrow contest. Ads and press releases created. Prepare certificates of appreciation for businesses, including Northern Idaho Powersports for donating a set of ATV tires for auction, who supported AHWF and letters of thanks for the donors.     

October
   Around 250 volunteer hours. Blissfully quiet with less than a dozen phone calls. Continuing care for Fox Squirrels and House Sparrow. one Canada Goose patient accepted. One Ruffed Grouse and one Fox Squirrel both sadly did not survive their trauma. Coordinate release of Fox Squirrel.
   The founder was interviewed at both local radio stations KRFY & KSPT in October. The fourth annual Scarecrow contest took place the first three weekends at Hickey Farms. A live music fundraiser took place as well as the annual autumn highway clean-up of the AHWF section of scenic highway 200. Meetings with two interested volunteers and a local high school student assisted two days this month. Continuing to make some time to create the education station displays. Unable to attend the Washington State wildlife rehabilitators conference. Keeping a presence on social media. Send out inquiries again regarding formation of a state network of Idaho Wildlife rehabilitators and work on agenda and questionnaire. Investigate the national agency ‘senior corp’ as a way to obtain more volunteers. Board meeting agenda emailed. Raffle drawings for tropical vacation packages. Letters and certificates prepared thanking the supporters. About 100 pounds of aluminum cans recycled for $30.

November
   Around 200 volunteer hours. Only about a dozen calls received. There was issue with Frontier however and for three days we could not receive incoming calls. Accepted one Black Capped Chickadee and one Pine Grosbeak male. Still caring for the Canada Goose from last month and the young House Finch from summer. Was able to schedule release of the Pine Grosbeak after almost one month of care and also release of the House Finch patient after being in care for 4 mos. Arranged transfer of a young Canada Goose who was accepted last month. This youngster was from the Sandpoint City roundup and relocation attempt. If it were to return it would be killed; a licensed rehabilitator who has large housing capacity and adults for companionship is willing to release from her facility approximately three hours away.   
   The Ponderay Craft market booth fee $25. Collected $156 in donations.  Two days with the high school student assisting. Nominated for the Findlay charity of the month contest, which allows us to roll into December as one of three competing for $2000. We can continue into January with nomination to hope for funding. Monthly board meeting. Thank you letters prepared. Board member responded to email from Reader publication editor explaining that the USFWS contacted him about the article published from an unlicensed private citizens account of ‘raising a robin’ explaining the internet and youtube taught her how. Custom created Teeshirts were ordered for display on the tables. Follow up with the self-publishing book company about the issues with the five existing books being ebook compatible. One day of trail work. Start preparing united states fish and wildlife migratory bird rehabilitation department renewal permit. Prepare reader advertisement for back cover and interior responding to the articles about nature trails. Email from guideposts all Gods creatures magazine to coordinate future interview. Submit press release to media about the upcoming events. Adjust the wildlife trivia presentation for the upcoming Christmas Party. Send emails and post social media frequently regarding the $2000 charity of the month contest. Telephone meeting scheduled from a center in Maine who has had success with their capital campaign. 

December
   Over 250 volunteer hours. Responded to just less than a dozen calls including a Stellar Jay, American Coot, and Canada Geese. One Canada goose patient admitted 9 days before the end of the year and released. December 31 = the first time since March 2018 the facility has been without any wild animal patients! Prepare usfws and idfg annual wildlife rehabilitation reports. As well as the USFWS and IDFG educational permit reports.  The USFWS migratory bird division rehabilitation permit needs application for renewal prepared. Prepare and send update to grant funder who funded the nature walk. Prepare the annual report to send to members and post on blogger page. Keep up with emails and social media. Prepare summer internship announcement and post on various university and wildlife group pages as well as direct emails. Write thank you letters to the donors who have contributed this month.
   Events taking place were Giving Tuesday – the online day of showing support for your favorite charity. The annual Bonner Mall Christmas 3 day craft fair booth fee $45. Several volunteers assisted. Just under $200 was collected in donations.  Submit Idaho state tax commission report.  We also placed some of our items at the PSNI Christmas market booth - fee $20. Accepted the invitation to join the North Idaho Animal Hospital staff at their Christmas party and present the wildlife trivia ppt. Created large back page and small interior advertisement to run in the Reader at cost of $600.    Two days of assistance from local high school student. Monthly board meeting agenda emailed and about five hours spent with webhost. The last attempt to upload the external software page failed and the files again hacked – infected. The webpage host was contacted and ‘cleaned’ up again however it will not be able to be utilized. Webpage being recreated once more using the online accessible only internal software available from the webhost. Cost to be around $10 per month plus domain/host fees. Estimated 20+ hours preparing template and working on glitches related to making it live. High school student who has been job shadowing for the past few months will have presentation next month. No trail work took place. Contact made with a volunteer who is eager to build the Gazebo for the Nature Walk.
   Gather all the financial details and prepare to submit the IRS report. Send thank you cards to all 2019 donors, unfortunately not able to send to those who remained anonymous during the several ‘birthday fundraisers’ on facebook. Escrip and Amazon smile are adding small monthly amounts, this month around $35. Confirming paypal charity program. Cloud Foundation and Winn Family trust donations received.  Nominated in November for a contest to win $2000. We collected sufficient votes to advance into December to be one of the three charities. Despite investment of time, and wonderful support we did not win December nor sufficient votes to advance into January but if collect enough votes to be again nominated and advance perhaps we can win February. Early in December entered a $10000 contest also based on number of votes plus judge panel decision – have not been notified of winning. Begin looking at 2020 schedule and planning events. Raffle drawings for the remaining tropical vacation packages. Surprisingly no one has bid on the custom made hand crafted knife donated for the silent auction but thankfully our friends at Our Neck of the Woods store in Ponderay agreed to have it on display. 

This year can only be described as a dizzying blur.
Total individual animal patients = 100.
Number of cases = 57.
(excluding the telephone consults who were never delivered).  
Total telephone calls = 440.
Total volunteer hours = 3,300 (conservatively). 
Take a moment to calculate the math and you will discover it is around 60 hours per week for all 52 week.


It does take a village to help our local native wildlife and educate our community. Caregiving takes a toll unless the work can be divided. There were days when it felt like the universe was on my shoulders and I was being crushed by the workload. Some days the telephone messages were near recorder capacity I did not even have time to make calls to ask for help and then my fellow volunteers stepped up and helped carry the load. They began to be directly involved with the necessary daily care requirements including just being here to respond to phone calls and handle behind the scenes chores such as cleaning and ordering supplies. They got involved with planning and coordinating events and writing articles.  I could not have gotten through this year without them. It was not just the physical presence but also the emotional and mental as well as financial support which lifted my spirit.
Thank You to all who gave of yourself for this mission.
                                                                                                                                                                          The cases this year ranged from waterfowl to passerines (songbirds), crows to woodpeckers. The mammals ranged from a raccoons to skunks and coyotes to a young mink who was attacked by a cat. We also had an injured northern painted turtle. Needless to say, the diversity of animals’ dietary needs and the required medical care has put quite a strain on the general operating budget.   

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

I turned green .... by Jill C.


There I was scrolling through Facebook classifieds out of complete and udder boredom when I came upon a post from AHWF looking for volunteers. Seriously? This kind of opportunity never presents itself to me. Well at least it didn't in my previous small-town life in Perry, Utah. I was bored and looking for ways to connect with people. Possibly even connect with me. We had just purchased a powersports dealership in town and had only been here a few months. I needed out of the house like a dehydrated dog in the dessert needs water. I have always been an animal lover and have dreamed of working with animals. I could kill two birds with one stone. Bad analogy, I would never kill a bird, but I could help save some. This was going to be perfect! And it is!

 Day one I showed up eager to learn and jump right in. The best part was that this incredible lady sharing her knowledge and passion with me allowed it! She was so patient with me and thorough with the information needed to care for the animals. I left on cloud nine and couldn’t wait to return. I could only get out to volunteer like once a week, which was far from enough time. For some reason I couldn’t find a volunteer babysitter to care for my boys while I volunteered elsewhere. Apparently, people want to get paid for that these days. Ha-ha. If only I had family here! It was springtime and the animals were flowing in like crazy. Kathleen had lost her interns for the season and was trying to keep up with it all on top of working a paying job. I honestly do not know how she keeps it all together. It was kind of like watching someone juggle ten objects. You just sit there and watch with your mouth open, but no words come out. I am pretty sure that she is the real wonder woman.


I mentioned loving animals, but I did not mention anything about love for mealworms or the lack there of! I am pretty sure that I turned green when Kathleen stuck her hand in a container chuck full of the creepy crawlers. Mealworms and beetles! Was I going to have to do this? I had two choices at this point: run like the wind or face my fears. Luckily, she brought up the tweezers shortly after. Oh, thank the lord, I could breathe again. As time went on and I spent more time tending to the wide variety of birds and sifting for their tasty treats, I got a little less squeamish. I eventually stuck my bare fingers in there and grabbed a couple, but I hated every second of it.

I haven’t been a volunteer for too long, but it already feels like I belong there and AHWF will always hold a special place in my heart. When I was lonely and missing home, it helped me to start to fall in love with my new home here in Northern Idaho. It’s so fulfilling watching these little fighters grow and become strong through the education, knowledge and experience that their amazing founder has. Let’s not forget to mention the cuteness overload here either. Have you ever sat and watched a baby skunk or raccoon play? If not, I highly recommend it!

I have had the opportunity to assist with many other things that go on behind the scenes as well, and trust me, there is a lot!! If I could change one thing about the foundation it would be more consistent support. I would urge more people to volunteer their time and make donation to keep this amazing organization thriving.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 Spring Update

2018 patients finally ready.  

In 2018 we accepted 71 individual animals, from songbirds to small mammals we have state and federal permits to care for them all.
At the end of summer, which is the time when many young mammals are normally moving out of their family territory and establishing their own, is usually the time we release our orphans. We had two
different species we felt were just too young to release at that time. The decision was made to overwinter—meaning they would remain in care until the snows had melted and plants started to grow. The group of 5 fox squirrels and the group of 4 raccoons. 
They were released in April.  The squirrels were returned to their home
territory but the raccoons were placed in a new territory. This is sometimes the case with the animals we accept. The region were found is too dangerous for return so we must find a suitable habitat.
If you feel your parcel would be acceptable for our native neighbors please let us know which ones and we will put you on our listing for those interested.

HOW TO HELP YOUR LOCAL WILDLIFE 
 
   New ways to support local wildlife without even trying. Or by  volunteering!
   As you are aware, we have many types of fund- raising platforms.  We re- cycle: aluminum cans (last month over 100 pounds was collected), ink car- tridges, and technology gadgets (we have gath- ered several but still need three more to send them in).
   We are a charity support- ed through Amazon, Yokes, Purium, iGive, Chewy, Bird Watchers  Digest, along with assort- ed online merchandise – teespring & ssa & cafe- press and a few others. We have just signed up with a new program from Wine Cellars. Buy wine (with a guarantee you’ll love it) and save North Idaho’s wild animals. All these links are found on our facebook page. They will also be on our new website—the old one was hijacked recently and still experiencing glitches up- loading the updated de- sign.
   We are of course in need of volunteers to as- sist with animal care (our chosen intern had to de- cline due to family emergency), animal taxi, public relations, outreach and awareness, event plan- ning and coordinating.
We have many upcoming events planned which need you! June 23rd is the 7B Sunday at Schweitzer Mountain Re- sort. July 4th is the Day of festivities in Clark Fork. We set up a table in the morning and then we offer a carnival mid-day. September 6th is the Wildlife Trivia night at Matchwood Brew- ery. September 14th is the fourth annual Silent Auction and Clean Comedy night fundraiser. October 5th is a night of singing by Samantha Carston at Farmhouse Kitchen. The first three weekends of October we hold the scarecrow contest. Businesses, groups and individuals are encouraged to enter their scarecrow and be voted by hundreds of Hickey Farms patrons.   
We cannot do this without you   

1,000 hours to date 

   I for one am amazed at the speed at which this year is passing. We just accepted case number 11. Our volunteers do the best they can with the resources they can for every animal in care. The founder just attended a webinar on wildlife triage, it was a nice refresher.   A national survey reported 30% is the average re- lease rate. Wildlife rehabilitation is the act of   providing sufficient nutritional, emotional, physio- logical and environmental support with the result being successful release of the wild animal into the natural habitat.
   We have  offered four presentations at our local public library on various
wildlife topics of interest. The spring highway clean up, and several fundraising events have also oc- curred the last 18 weeks.
    This is the third year ICL & KLT have joined with us to bring a memorable speaker to the panida theater. This year was acclaimed photographer Jerry Ferrara. We drew the name of a lucky winner in our Silverwood Theme Park raffle. Huckleberry Lanes was the host for Bowling for Wild- life. Excellent staff and food only accentuated the wonderful times had by all. BINGO was called again this year at the Center in Clark Fork. Amazing prizes were the rewards for the winners including the custom made teeshirts (which are also available online). Idaho Gives is the annual one day online day of giving and our state residents did just that. Thank you to all who donated, as a bonus we also received a $500 prize.
   Along with planning, coordinating and implementing these great events and presentations, volunteers assisted AHWF through tidying up and preparing the animal en- closures and infirmary. We are pleased to announce the Nature Walk is very near completion. We do need a few more people to assist with this as well as sign up to be the guides!     

Monday, December 24, 2018

2018 Annual Report


2018 AHWF proposed operating budget      

                                      

EXPENSES:                                                              REVENUE:    

  2,300         Fund Raising & Marketing                   10,000   Memberships & Donations 

  2,300         Utilities                                                      500   Merchandise & fundraising programs     

15,000         Mission                                                   5,000   Events    

79,000         Nature Trail & Classroom Building      500   Aluminum & other recycle programs 

                   (large game enclosure included)             5,000  Grants

Total $19,600                                                            79,000 Phase III Funding   

                                                                                              Total $21,000

                            2018 AHWF  actual operating  budget      

                                      

EXPENSES:                                                              REVENUE:    

  4,701         Fund Raising & Marketing                        9,593 Memberships & Donations 

  2,343         Utilities                                                      3,959 Events (Merch.+OnlinePrgs)     

  9,874         Mission (inc. below                                        55 Aluminum & other recycle    

  1,900         Nature Trail & Classroom Building        18,000 Grants 

                                                                                       3,225 In-kind contributions (excl. labor)

                                                                                       

Total $16,918                                                                 Total $34,832

 

American Heritage Wildlife Foundation has the mission to conserve local wildlife through the efforts of rehabilitation of the injured or orphaned and community education. We do not receive federal, state or county funding. We exist only because of community support. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization and a registered state nonprofit incorporation. AHWF holds federal rehabilitation permits from the US Fish and Wildlife Service for all migratory bird species and Idaho State Fish and Game rehabilitation permits for all species of birds and non-game mammals. We are the only north Idaho facility providing care mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians.  

 

 


Wildlife

This year was one of the most upsetting. Thankfully, this community was so supportive of our financial need but the calling of wildlife rehabilitation is not one which spares the emotion, spirit, or mind of the caregiver.

“It was a spring without voices. On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of robins, catbirds, doves, jays, wrens, and scores of other bird voices there was now no sound; only silence over the fields and woods and marsh.”  - “A Fable for Tomorrow” from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring 1962

Early spring our volunteers reported seeing the first returning migrant birds – American Robins, appearing healthy but within a few short days they were found dead. We received a few which were not able to be rehabilitated. They were greatly underweight. This trend of malnourishment was seen in multiple species and continued to be seen throughout the year. Sadly, this situation was reported by other professional national wildlife rehabilitators as well. We are heartsick at the only logical conclusion: habitat alteration or fragmentation, air + soil + water pollution (noxious gases, lead, herbicides, urban run-off (including roadway de-icing solutions), and excessive use of pesticides & insecticides all creates environmental dead zones. To complicate the distress some pesticides cause anorexia (loss of appetite & weakness) which results in starvation. The animals were confronted with a lack suitable habitat & food in the wintering grounds and then had barren deserts (lacking food and or shelter) to cross before arriving at the breeding grounds, of which might have been ‘gentrified into oblivion’, as one urban nature blogger stated.
 
 

At the end of the day the reality is that whatever we do to their habitat so too will we feel the effects. All things connect. When we touch one piece of the web it is felt throughout. Consider this: the water treatment plants cannot filter the toxins (such as household chemicals as well as herbicides that are sprayed along roadways, which also get into the rivers and lakes) then release the treated water out into the same source used for tap water. Studies of major waterways documented that 100% of all surface water samples, 96% of all fish, and 33% of aquifers contained one or more pesticides.  These toxins cause neurological, immunological and physiological issues; they can be fatal. FYI the bottled water industry is less regulated than tap water.

We can make a change – both locally and on a large scale by demanding our political representatives pass legislation against the agricultural industry (& others) continuing to create these bio-hazards. There are 180 chemicals registered in the US alone. This is 40 % of the world wide pesticide usage (5.86 billion pounds). We use 25% of the world total herbicide amount.  There are sound alternatives. Years ago, we, as concerned citizens, successfully mandated that there would no longer be lead in our paint nor in our fuels. Let us do the same with other aspects of our environment! Margret Mead said to never doubt the power of a small group of determined people. They are the ones that will change the world.           

Biomagnification is a big word that means that if a dose of ‘poison’ is ingested it does not degrade as it passes from one animal to the next in the food chain – it magnifies. The producer basically concentrates that dose from 1,000 to 5,000 times more. The primary consumer then becomes 10,000 to 50,000 times more. The secondary consumer 100,000 to 500,000 times. And finally the tertiary consumer 500,000 to 50,000,000 times more than the original amount.

We cared for 70 individual animals. The wildlife we received were migration exhausted or pollution impacted (to use the description from another rehabber). They were orphaned due to mother being killed or habitat being destroyed, hit by automobile, struck a window or attacked by cat or dog. Many patients were significantly underweight upon arrival. 34 patients died or were euthanized as to end their suffering. Thankfully this year we did not experience any obvious toxicosis cases relating to the bio-magnification effects poisonings from herbicides & rodenticides but we did hear other rehabilitation centers reporting high numbers. Studies report that an estimated 67 million birds die from poisoning each year; no numbers were reported on the mammal species which were certainly effected.

 

Currently we are overwintering 9 individuals (4 raccoons and 5 fox squirrels); they were born late in the season and simply too young to release at the end of summer. Release dates will be Spring 2019.   

We did have wonderful volunteers and interns to help us with the daily challenges and requirements animal care. We had to be strong enough in mind to be intuitive and strong enough in body to endure long days. We have a listing of volunteers who help with answering telephones, animal care and animal transportation but we can always add more phone numbers to our listing – just give us a call. The more the merrier!

The interns were chosen from a list from almost 30 applicants. The process required over 6 weeks and many volunteer hours. These students receive an overview of what to expect but the job is best described as learn as you go position. The learning curve is often difficult. One hard working intern was able to remain most of the summer, one quit after one week, and one we wish we could have hired sooner as well as kept her on as a staff member. We do wish her the best as she continues vet school.    

We responded to 320+ phone calls from our community. 65 of there were directly related to animals in distress. These animals were referred to nearby veterinary clinics, were never relinquished by the rescuer or not able to be captured. 

Early in the year we were given an old X-ray machine. It does need some work and we need to create a room. If you would like to lend a hand, we would be very appreciative. This is an amazing opportunity for us to add to the level of care we are able to provide for our injured native neighbors.

We started a building expansion project to add a secondary infirmary room. This will create a size approximately 20 foot by 8 foot and be used mainly as a mammal care room.

The 2015 recorded phone message from IDFG stating if we build the needed bear cub enclosure(s) they will approve it gave us confidence to spend the last three years researching enclosure materials, contacting contractors, writing grants, connecting with media and getting creative with our fundraising efforts. As many of you are aware, there are only a handful of facilities in the nation and two in Idaho. They are located in central and south Idaho. We want to be able to respond to injured game mammals in need from North Idaho as well as nearby states like Washington. The last few years we have received calls regarding cubs as well as cougar and bobcat kittens.  

 

 

 Education and public outreach

Where do I begin? This year we provided our community with 35 events & activities! No wonder the hours recorded for the first six months are about equal with the recorded hours for the last six – an amazing total of almost 4,000 hours. While some of our volunteers were occupied with animal care others were reaching out into the community in assorted ways. The public libraries as well as school and private groups were the locations for nearly 20 programs or presentations. If you would like to join with other volunteers and be part of the educational outreach programs, give us a call or send an email.

We again joined with Kaniksu Land Trust and Idaho Conservation League at the Little Panida Theater, where Dr. Wayne Melquist captivated us all regaling us with his Osprey tales of struggle and recovery. In 2019, we would again like to offer our community an event of interest but need your input as to a keynote speaker. Call AHWF or KLT.

We attempted to have two highway clean-up sessions however multiple attempts to coordinate volunteer scheduling and the weather along with inability to connect with Idaho Transportation Department proved unsuccessful. We have renewed our contract with ITD to keep our three mile section of scenic highway 200 clean and green; if you would like to take over as coordinator please contact us so you may be oriented with the task prior to the Spring of 2019.    

Places to meet us or show your AHWF support: Earth Day at Farmin Park, 7B Sunday at Schweitzer Mountain, IdahoGives, Meet the AHWF Founder at Squeeze Inn, BINGO in Clark Fork, Feed Me fundraiser at Monarch Market, the all-day Clark Fork Independence Day celebration with facepainting and carnival games, 4th Annual Clean Comedy Show and Silent Auction (we were at Sandpoint Chocolate Bear for one day selling advance seating tickets), Pints for a Cause fundraiser at Idaho Pour Authority, the No Shave November / Beards for Bears campaign, Scarecrow Contest at Hickey Farms (sadly no one entered this year), and the three day Christmas Fair in the Bonner Mall.       

All the hours dedicated to ‘face time’ did not allow for much ‘tech time’. Remember that 20th century movie “You’ve got mail” … it opens with that squelching noise of the internet finding its way into your computer. Our foundation volunteers listened to that tone for 16 years. In October 2017, our provider stopped service of dial-up. We lost the ability to stay connected and do not have internet service nor cell phone service at our facility. Idaho is after all 50th in the nation relating to internet speeds and connectivity. This means all online work such as email, social media, grant research & submission must take place at a pubic wi-fi location.   

One volunteer did however find the time to create an Instagram site. Check it out! This form of social media will add to our ways to reach out and spread our message of keeping North Idaho WILD. We anticipate the newly hired ‘outreach coordinator’ will be more consistent at online postings and program promotions. 

The website software we have now will certainly improve the looks and hopefully functionality of our website but we did not have the opportunity to upload the newly created site yet. The current site is still functional but suspect time is limited as it was created using a rapidly unsupported platform. One volunteer scheduled time to come out and take over the task but life must have gotten in the way of the good intentions. Please consider taking on this project if you are technologically minded. We hope to have it up in early 2019.

This year our 5 board of directors meet monthly (and I use the term loosely). There were times when the meeting was simply an emailed agenda with responses emailed back. Each member choses an activity or event to get involved in as well as supports the other directors and projects as able and needed. We do have few directors’ seats open, including treasurer and secretary. We only require you are an Idaho resident. We need fresh eyes to help us see further down the path and continue to guide AHWF into the future.  

Speaking of paths…have you heard?  We were so blessed to find a funder who believed in our vision! The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation responded positively to our grant request. During the summer of 2018, volunteers started working on mapping out the 1,000 foot pathway which winds through open areas and treed sections of the AHWF parcel. These volunteers have been spreading bark and placing logs along the route. Thank You Lori, Al, Gabby, Dave, Janie & Clearview girls. Future volunteers will continuing to add bark, place logs, clear brush as well as tend to flowers and other plants in the Spring. We hope for an EarthDay grand opening but this will only take place if we have more help to clear the trail, place bark, & install signage. At this time, we are roughly halfway complete with the major aspects.

We are so thrilled with this exciting opportunity, our first step in creating the first nature center of the Inland Pacific Northwest. The Nature Walk will be a winding trail with differing route options depending upon ability. We will create informative signs that will provide images of wildlife species in North Idaho. These signs will also detail other relevant information such as identification of tracks, scat, vocalizations and cohabitation pointers. There are four distinct habitats that we want to explain. This trail will be unique for our community as it will give immediate answers from the nature guide who will lead small tour groups through the Nature Walk. The guide will encourage the patrons to consider what they can do to preserve the wild species and spaces in their neighborhoods.




 

This nature trail will be a guided experience that wanders the diverse terrain of our two acre parcel. It will provide a complete sensory experience to each patron. One guide will lead one group at a time on this trail and point out the diverse flora and its importance. The guide will also identify the fauna that inhabit the region and rely upon the native plants for survival. Detailed signs will also be placed along the trail. These signs will provide information on native plants, birds, mammals, as well as methods of soil conservation, water preservation and timber harvesting. We will encourage school groups to arrange field trips as well. We feel this project is important because the increased immersion into nature will create a stronger sense of commitment to the preservation of our North Idaho environment.  Fun facts that you will discover on the Nature Walk: Chickadees (according Audubon Society) require a landscape with 70% native plants to keep the population steady. They can drop their body temperature on winter nights to conserve energy. You will often hear the calls of separate species of Chickadee. We also have many types of other non-migrants and migrants.    

Did you know that scientific studies have shown that nature walks among the trees lowers cortisol levels of the brain? This means the brain is less fatigued. It also means in areas with nature the children are less likely to have attention deficit disorders. Of the 54% of Americans concerned about stress in their lives, two-thirds say they will likely seek help for it. Stress symptoms include: irritability, insomnia, appetite disturbances, headaches, nervousness, sadness, etc.  Large boosts of mood come after as little as 5 minutes outside exercising. Nature contributes to well-being – it reduces blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormone production and muscle tension. This nature walk is a three purpose project 1) educate us all on how to cohabitate with our native neighbors and keep North Idaho WILD 2) reduce stress levels of our human neighbors 3) offering a venue to provide greater volunteerism. We are eager to offer this experience but we need your help to complete it first. Call and schedule your time to join others as we clear brush, place bark, create signage, etc.    

Last month we started the USFWS application paperwork to obtain an educational salvage bird permit. This would allow us to use assorted bird species in our educational demonstrations. The birds would be taken to a professional taxidermy studio and prepared. We feel this is the best option for our group at this time. The use of live wild animals as display is quite stressful and requires special temperament. It is also costly to house and care for the animals. Using wild animals that are being rehabilitated is not permitted. These mounts will be taken to the library presentations, perhaps the educational group programs and of course on display for those enjoying the Nature Walk.

 

Financial

We could not continue without our amazing donors that contributed once online or directly every month! Some budget $20 while others are able to send $50. Thank you – every month that envelope in the mail is our lifeline. We also had folks make large donations. Additionally in-kind contributions were many and varied. We estimate well over $3,000 in items & donated fuel was given. Our supporters also saved their aluminum cans for the ‘coins for cans for critters’ fundraising campaign. Over 150 pounds have been collected and recycled. We still have at least that much to bring in again. We also have a program established to recycle your technology devices and ink cartridges.

Additional financial support was gained through the shopping programs (amazon, benefit mobile, chewy, ebay, goodworld goodshop, iGive, purium, yokes) as well as online campaigns (idahogives, breadboost challenge, love animals, givingtuesday, several supporters creating facebook birthday fundraisers) and AHWF merchandise (cafĂ© press, teespring, apparal now ssa store, & lulu).  

Steve & Rosemary, Darcy & Randy, Diane, Shaun, Peter & Pat, Judy, Derek & Jerilyn, Sue, Christina, Tim & Jacqueline, Iris, Jutta, Melinda, Gabriella, Connie, Bryan, Teresa, Margaret, Phoebe, Gracie, fishin’ Chris & friends, Mary, Jan, Shari, Cory, Teresa Fisher Artworks, Susan, Bill, Penny, Julia, Laurie, Beth, Mark & Barb, Kathe, Marlene, Ben, George, Felicia, Cheyenna, WW, Alfred & Catherine, Jack & Diane, Cheri, Melinda, Michel, Anja, Margaurite & Thomas, Ashley, Ronda & Sharon, Amanda, Beata, Margaret, Lynda & Lacy, Gracie, Brooke, Fairchilds, Dave, 7 Peaks Counseling and Allison – Thank You.

A few volunteers spent many hours researching and preparing then submitting several grant applications. We are grateful to Wildlife Conservation Trust for their $5,000 support for our animal care, for Equinox – Innovia for their $3,000 towards general operating expenses and of course Laura Moore Cunningham for $10,000 to create the Nature Path. We will additionally be looking to provide a classroom setting with these funds.   

We provided many fundraising opportunities: Osprey event at the little Panida with Dr. Wayne Melquist, ‘Feed Me’ bbq sandwich fundraiser, Chocolate covered Pretzels, Bingo Night, Pints for a Cause, 7B Sunday, Independence Day celebration, the 4th annual comedy show and silent auction, and the Christmas craft fair where we painted faces and wrapped gifts. Thank you KLT, ICL, Monarch Market – Ronda & Sharon, Dr.Pepper & Coca-Cola, Idaho Pour Authority, Our Neck of the Woods, Silverwood, The Last Resort, PAWS Pet Salon, SEB photography, Webber & Widgren woodworks, Lakeside Coffee, Bonner County Museum, Teresa Fisher Artworks. Please support & patronize these fine businesses who generously gave items to help local wildlife.   

 

 

Currently we are raffling off a pair of 2019 silverwood tickets $10 each or 5 for $40. The drawing will be 30 March 2019. We have eight tropical vacations and ticket are only $25 per ticket for these weeklong resort stays. Drawings will be in the autumn of 2019 & 2020. Reservations need not be booked until December 2020.
Support is gaining for the black bear enclosure project. Almost $6,000 has been contributed from supporters the past few years. We provided you the opportunity to show your support with the #BeardsforBears #NoShaveNovember campaign, love animals online campaign or purchasing the BEAR MAMA teeshirt or sweatshirt created by Gracies Art Corner on the TeeSpring site. Unfortunately on November 27th I was informed that the Idaho State Fish and Game Commission has decided it will be mirroring a wild animal rehabilitation policy similar to Montana State’s = NO REHAB OF GAME SPECIES. This means that the Idaho State commissioners no longer want to allow rehabilitative care of orphaned white tailed deer fawns, elk fawns, moose calves, cougars, wolves or bears


We are deeply saddened by this posture from the state agency for game management. We hope they do not expand that policy and forbid rehabilitation of all other native wild animals. While our federal permit is valid through early 2020, the Idaho state rehab permit will need to be renewed in August 2019. You may recall, in a 2015 Sandpoint magazine article about wildlife rehabilitation, IDFG regional manager Craig Walker said while he ‘recognizes the social side of wildlife rehabilitation, it is of little value biologically. Few of the species that end up in area rehab facilities are endangered or threatened.’ He feels that wild animals should be left alone. Rarely are there occasions when something should be done.                                      



Perhaps Mr. Walker was not aware that nationwide over 47,000 animals are assisted by 43 facilities from 28 states alone. In New York City, an estimated 90,000 birds die from window strikes. One facility accepted over 6,500 birds this year alone. Wildlife rehabilitation facilities are world wide – more than 5,000 professionals dedicate their lives to helping the wild animals that have become victims of the effects of humans sharing this one planet. Many do this without financial compensation … so it cost the state nothing to allow care. 




 

 

Our goal of game mammal rehabilitation was to expand our ability to help those wild animals in need. The sole purpose of Idaho Black Bear Rehab in Boise has been to care for ALL bears in need (not only Idaho’s orphans but other states like Wyoming, Washington, etc.) but they must be Idaho permitted. The purpose of Mystic Farms in Sagle has been to care for White Tailed Deer fawns. This year alone they had over a dozen orphans, without a licensed facility these young animals will suffer needlessly. If this is the view felt towards game species, perhaps there may be a time when Idaho Fish and Game does not want to allow any type of rehabilitation.  

Our bylaws at AHWF do not allow us, as a nonprofit, to get involved directly with politics. I do feel, however, that when a policy is not just, we as individual citizens have an obligation to inform our representatives. It is then their duty to represent their constituency. This is why I am now asking, if you feel that wildlife rehabilitation is important; if you feel that there should be game mammal rehabilitation in Idaho State; if you want to stand up and be the voice for our native wild neighbors, please contact the commissioners and representatives responsible and let them know your views. Virgil Moore is the current director of IDFG but will be retiring in 2019. Brad Corkill is the IDFG commissioner for the panhandle region. The 2019 representatives will be Brad Little-Governor, Russ Fulcher-District 1 state rep., Heather Scott-state rep. position A, Sage Dixon - state rep. position B, Jim Woodward-state senator.

 


 

 

Submitted by Kathleen St.Clair-McGee. Lead wildlife specialist volunteer, board president & cofounder. December 21, 2018

 

*many of the statistics provided in the ‘wildlife’ section of this report were taken from articles, journals and lectures prepared by notable scientists and wildlife protection agencies. I will be happy to provide the names and titles if you wish.