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Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association



The Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association's Annual Conference is one of the largest and longest running state wildlife rehabilitation conferences in the nation. The conference is held the first weekend in November of each year (dates subject to change), and is held in the central Ohio area, making travel convenient from any part of Ohio and surrounding states.

The OWRA Conference is a great opportunity to improve your knowledge and skills, network with other wildlife rehabilitators and educators, and have fun in the process. The conference program is structured to offer something for everyone, with presentations by some of the leading experts in the field of wildlife rehabilitation.


Welcome to Virtual Learning!

The 2020 conference may have been officially cancelled but that doesn't mean the OWRA won't be offering some amazing educational opportunities. This year, beginning November 2nd, all members will have access to pre-recorded education sessions with some amazing and talented speakers. Each video will be accompanied by a forum to allow visitors to ask questions and discuss what they've learned.

This education opportunity will be offered at NO COST to our amazing members! Not a member? Consider becoming one! Not only do you get access to valuable resources and training opportunities, you'll also help support the OWRA's mission to promote wildlife conservation by providing resources to wildlife rehabilitators, educators, and the community.

Becoming a member is easy! Click HERE to learn about all of the benefits of becoming a member or the link below to fill out an application.

Join us to learn from some amazing speakers such as:

Katie Fallon: Award winning writer, professor and co-founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc. Katie is the author of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird. Her work and life is grounded in naturalism and conservation.  

Nicole Hafer Lipstreu: Environmental Specialist for ODOT, professor of Environmental Science at Zane State College and longtime wildlife rehabilitator.  Topic by popular demand...Box Turtles!  Nicole will discuss proper rehabilitation husbandry, shell fracture repair considerations and more.  Stay tuned!

Dr. Gary Riggs, DVM: Co-founder of WILD4Ever, former director of veterinary medicine at Akron Zoological Park and conservationist.  Dr. Riggs specializes in domestic, exotic, and wild animals.  His conservation work in Cambodia to promote the welfare of a rare white-wing wood duck is nothing short of amazing.  Dr. Riggs also wrote the first informational paper on Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in Ohio, which he will be discussing in November.  Make sure to listen in!

Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski: PhD student, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology.  Bonnie is a wildlife rehabilitator with a research focus on wildlife disease ecology, epidemiology of arthropod-borne zoonosis and conservation medicine.  Listen to her talk on her favorite mammal - the skunk!

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