Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitation
and Education Network.
During the 1990 National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA) Symposium, several wildlife rehabilitators from Ontario met in an impromptu session to discuss the need for a support organization for rehabilitators in the province. As a result of this meeting, a provincial association for wildlife rehabilitation groups, individual wildlife rehabilitators and other interested people, was formed.
OWREN was founded to support and inform professional wildlife rehabilitators in the province of Ontario, to provide an information network, to produce and distribute educational materials and educational opportunities for rehabilitators.
OWREN offers training opportunities in Ontario for rehabilitators and others through OWREN Wildlife Rehabilitation Basic Skills Courses, Advanced Skills Workshops and seminars. OWREN hosts a yearly educational conference for rehabilitators and related professionals.
OWREN's Wildlife Rehabilitation Basic Skills course, a highly specialized, two day hands on training course is a provincial standard now. It has been taught to well over two thousand students in Ontario and elsewhere. An important component of the training course is the OWREN Exam, which is accepted as the equivalent to the MNR's OWRE Exam. Our course is extensive and educational and provides students with immediate network connections in Ontario.
We have also developed a specialized one day Beyond Basic Skills Wildlife Rehabilitation course that focuses more specifically on the most common species admitted to wildlife rehabilitation facilities. It is a slightly more advanced class and we usually recommend students take the course consecutively after Basic Skills.
The organization has grown since it's initial inception and continues to grow with members from over 100 towns and cities across Ontario. The OWREN Network News newsletter has been well received and has had articles in it reprinted in various magazines and publications.
The OWREN Membership Directory has evolved and was developed to become a most useful tool for many of the province's wildlife rehabilitators and related animal welfare agencies.
OWREN members and the OWREN Board have taken part in policy discussions and planning sessions with government and international rehabilitation organizations. Members and Directors have become involved in international wildlife rehabilitation organizations and have served on their Boards, acted as provincial liaisons, served on international hotlines, and assisted in the delivery of international wildlife rehabilitation symposiums.
OWREN maintains its work as a professional educational supporting network for provincial wildlife custodians, rehabilitation volunteers and registered foster care givers and will continue as an educational liaison for members and other agencies in the province and internationally.
SOME OF THE SERVICES THAT OWREN PROVIDES TO MEMBERS:
Periodic issues of OWREN's Network News newsletter with articles, information, tips, light humour, announcements, medical notices, etc., to keep rehabilitators informed and in touch.
Wildlife health notices and bulletins as they are provided to us.
Membership in OWRENmail, a YahooGroups based mailing list for OWREN members only.
Invitation to join OWREN on Facebook and participate in new social media networks (including Twitter)
A directory of members, authorized wildlife custodians, wildlife volunteers, registered foster care givers, related animal welfare organizations, services, useful contacts and information.
Discounted fees for educational workshops, seminars, conferences, and other training opportunities for our members.
Educational hands-on rehabilitation training workshops, and seminars featuring expert speakers on a wide range of relevant topics and the ability to provide input through various discussion and panel groups at these sessions.