Rehabilitation Training


Rehabilitation Training

"Rehabilitating Wildlife Classes 2023"

We are offering classes for those interested in preparing for a wildlife rehabilitator license exam and/or volunteering with AWARE.

Location: Starpoint Central School, 4363 Mapleton Road, Lockport, NY 14094
Cost: $110.00

Registration will be through Starpoint Central School Community Education.

Registration Coming Soon

Part 1

February 17, 2024, and February 24, 2024 (Saturdays) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
This course is designed to prepare future rehabilitators or volunteers for beginning rehabilitation of wild mammals. Included in the course are; NYS DEC licensing applications, testing and legal issues. Safety in handling, capture techniques, and transporting. Care of orphaned mammals, diseases of mammals, and more. Dealing with the public and information on special licensing for rabies vector species (RVS) will also be covered.

Part 2

March 2, March 9, and March 16, 2024 (Saturdays) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Part 2 specifically focuses on the rehabilitation of birds. Included in this session are; applying for USF&W permits, legal issues, species identification, handling and safety, bird anatomy and physiology. Care of orphaned birds, bandaging, treatment techniques, housing, caging, pre-release conditioning and diseases. There will be live birds brought in for you to meet part of our staff.

Following each part, all students are given a certificate of completion that can be used when applying for their NYS license application and US F&W application permit. We hope to encourage you to join our volunteer team to achieve the volunteer hours needed to acquire your license and permit.

AWARE - Association for Wild Animal Rehabilitation and Education Inc. was founded on the idea of helping those in need. Ever since our organization was established, we have endeavored to provide help where the need is greatest.

Our team is made up entirely of volunteers. We advocate for those who need our help. Even a little help goes a long way. That is why we are especially happy to find new volunteers who share our commitment to doing good in the world. Do you want to support us by helping with our work? Then do not hesitate to contact us. A helping hand is always greatly appreciated!

Training Class of 2022

Training Class 2022

Training Class of 2019

Training Class 2019

Rehabilitation Class is important because then we have more people who can help all the animals that need our help!

Here are a few pictures of students learning hands on in our class:

  • how to wrap different injuries that may be encountered during wildlife rehabilitation
  • how to tube feed birds (very useful)
  • how to properly and safely hold a bird

Photo Gallery

“Walk in kindness toward the Earth and every living being. Without kindness and compassion for all of Mother Nature’s creatures, there can be no true joy; no internal peace, no happiness. Happiness flows from caring for all sentient beings as if they were your own family, because in essence they are. We are all connected to each other and to the Earth.”

—Sylvia Dolson