The Oregon Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (OWRA) is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization with the purpose of supporting wildlife rehabilitation and rehabbers (large or small, staff or volunteer!) across the state.
OWRA was created more than 20 years to bring together a community of people who were often working in rural areas and using their own resources and time to care for wildlife. In the beginning, they produced a print newsletter and mostly kept in touch via annual meetups and landline phones (paying long-distance fees!). While there are now a few larger, more established organizations, OWRA still plays a crucial role in connecting and supporting all those who do this important work. And, now we've got modern tools like e-newsletters, email, and Zoom calls to help us communicate even better.
We know that there are so many incredible, selfless people out there dedicating their days and nights to wildlife rehabilitation. It's tough work, and that's why we're here as a resource for you. We can help you save time, connect with other rehabbers in the state, and stay up-to-date on the latest best practices and government regulations. Plus, we're here to offer emotional support on those tougher days. We are deeply appreciative of all that you do, and we're here to help you help those in your care!
Our small-but-mighty board of directors represents various backgrounds, areas of expertise, and geographic areas. We manage all of OWRA's activities including our membership newsletter, continuing education events like webinars, workshops, and conferences, and promoting collaboration between rehabbers and government agencies like ODFW and USFWS.
If you are interested in joining the OWRA board of directors, please start a conversation with us at firstname.lastname@example.org