Science Fair Project:

Explore Wildlife Rehabilitation

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  • Local wildlife rehabilitation center
  • Display board
  • Photographs
  • Examples of tools used during wildlife rehabilitation can be made for demonstration or borrowed from a local center (for example, medical records, “donuts”, feeding tools, different foods)
  • X-rays of animals can be borrowed from local centers

  • Conduct background research on the topic of wildlife rehabilitation
  • Contact a local wildlife rehabilitation center to schedule a tour and interview staff and/or volunteers
  • Attend a local wildlife rehabilitation center’s volunteer organization
  • Offer to volunteer your time at the wildlife rehabilitation center – this may be dependent on any age restrictions the center has

Terms/Concepts:

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation – the act of caring for, and treating, injured and sick native wild animals with the intention of rereleasing the animal back into its native habitat
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 – Treaty between the U.S., Canada and other countries that protects native birds making it illegal in part to “pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture or kill, possess,. . . for the protection of migratory birds . . . or any part, nest, or egg of any such bird." (16 U.S.C. 703)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – the federal agency responsible for enforcing federal laws regarding wildlife
  • State Department of Fish and Game (or Game and Fish) – the local state agency responsible for enforcing state laws and regulations regarding wildlife

References:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 http://www.fws.gov/laws/lawsdigest/migtrea.html

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council http://www.iwrc-online.org

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association http://www.nwrawildlife.org

Author: Jennifer L. Tuso
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