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Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
updated: May 10, 2014, 10:00 AM
Celebrating 25 Years Of Wildlife Rescue And Care
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that rescues and rehabilitates injured wild birds, mammals, and reptiles in Santa Barbara County.
Staff and volunteers currently help approximately 4000 native animals each year.
The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network exists to support the present and future health of wildlife species and communities by providing quality rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and release services to injured, sick, oiled, orphaned and displaced wildlife.
The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network exists to support the present and future health of wildlife species and communities by:
-Providing quality rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and release services to injured, sick, oiled, orphaned and displaced wildlife.
-Educating the public about the needs of at-risk wildlife, the challenges faced by wildlife in the region, and effective ways to help ensure the health and survival of wild animals.
-Gathering and sharing information on wildlife treatments, rehabilitation and release criteria and techniques, behavior, optimal management methods and care facilities with other wildlife care providers, researchers, and agencies while promoting efficient use of community wildlife support resources by cooperating with other organizations and individuals in order to fulfill our mission.
Our story began in 1979 with a small group of people who saw a need to care for injured birds. Since then it has grown to over 400 Volunteers, who care for over 4000 animals each year.
1984 - Twelve similar minded people decided to network, and share resources to care for injured wildlife.
1988 - Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network incorporated as a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
1990 - Our telephone hotline was established to field calls from concerned local residents.
- This was also the year that we started our public education program.
1992 - First Seabird pond established in volunteers home.
1997 - Established the Wildlife Sanctuary Awards. Honoring those who go out of their way to help wildlife in need.
1999 - Small Downtown center is opened to house songbirds and receive small mammals.
2004 - The construction of our 1.8 acre Wildlife Rehabilitation Center begins.
2006 - Drop off center and triage clinic opened in a former veterinary office in Fairview Shopping Center in Goleta.
2012 - Moved all operations to the Mcaw Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Today - We are a thriving network of caring individuals each doing their part to take care of animals in need.
Learn more here: http://www.sbwcn.org/
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