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Wildlife care volunteers wanted; spring brings influx of new animal babies

March 11, 2014

A young, injured golden eagle is cleaned and fed by a volunteer with the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care group located near Bishop. The organization has helped thousands of orphaned or injured animals during the past 20 years, but volunteers are always needed to help with the endless hours of feeding, cleaning and rescuing. Free new volunteer orientation begins this weekend, March 16, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. with two training classes to follow in April. Photo/Wendilyn Grasseschi

The non-profit Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care organization has been rescuing injured and orphaned wildlife for almost 20 years here in the Eastern Sierra; everything from golden eagles to squirrels, from ravens and foxes, from baby mink to young hawks that have fallen from the nest too early.

But they cannot do it on their own, especially now, as the spring "baby season" kicks into gear. A group of volunteers help with the care of orphaned and injured wildlife or with rescues, transport of injured animals, education outreach to schools and other organizations, fundraising and more—and more are needed.

A free "New Volunteer Orientation" will be held on Sunday, March 16, 1-3 p.m., at ESWC’s center located at Keough’s Hot Springs. For those who want to work with the animals, required training workshops will be held on April 6 and April 27, after which you will be ready to volunteer in the field and at the center.

Call 760-872-1487 to reserve a seat or for information and go to http://www.eswildlifecare.org/ for more information about ESWC.

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