Implementing the WREN project
This is an informational page for those interested in developing a WREN education program at an existing wildlife facility. For students interested in taking the WREN course, please visit the WREN Classes page.
What is the WREN project?
The WREN project is a flagship program at a flagship school.
of this magnitude has ever been attempted in the field of wildlife rehabilitation. It is an exciting time in our field as we come together and push forward toward becoming a truely accepted and respected professional field.
WREN is an acronym for Wildlife Rehabilitation Education Network, and it truely is a network! As new wildlife centers join the program, and more licensed independant rehabilitators become instructors, we truely begin working on a level playing field, learning and teaching the same methods while developing resources and networks to support both the centers willing to house the project and independant rehabbers willing to learn and share the same techniques.
Support is the main focus of the network. By developing a program that can be adopted by existing wildlife facilities, centers, and clinics, we allow these entities to train their own new volunteers, employees, and instructors. The program will provide new revenue sources and create a supportive infrastructure for the wildlife community's needs on a multifaceted level.
Most importantly, the WREN project acts as a bridge between wildlife centers and individual rehabbers, creating a mutually benificial relationship for both parties. Centers gain the benifit of higher availability of qualified resources through individual rehabber experience and knowlege, while the individual rehabber benifits from the association with an established center that is widely accepted by both agency representatives, and the general public. This is a crucial part of the network. Each wildlife center must be willing to recruit individual rehabbers to go through the training program, and ultimately, run the BASICS program off-site.
Additional WREN benifits include:
- augmented resources for wildlife drop points through mentoring programs after training
- knowledge and professionalism created through WREN certified organizations as a resource for agency personnel
- exponential increase in resource availability to the general public concerning wildlife
- significantly increased rehabilitation volume for permitted rehabbers through mentor requirements for WREN students.
- low cost, little effort program implementation for existing wildlife facilities resulting in increased intake numbers, shortened turnaround rate through moving stabilized animals on to WREN certified rehabbers.
The goals of this program are to provide a multi faceted program for both education and support of wildlife related infrastructure. The home office is located at the Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch in Terrell, Tx 75160.
This modular, carbon copy program is designed to be copied, and pasted into your location. Our team trains your trainers and NBRR/WCCR set-up crews assist in preparing your facility to undergo any essential modifications to your center needed to accomodate the project. Once your WREN site is prepared, our admin team will arrive on site, and walk your staff through registration, and the first several classes.
Certain standards must be met to be involved in this exciting future in wildlife rehabilitation**. The financial investment will vary depending on your current facility's capacities. If truely interested, NBRR/WCCR will gladly include you in our already expansive network!
Benifits of hosting a WREN center:
- Newly trained rehabbers that you are already familiar with for your center
- a consistant revenue generating source for your center
- association with a nationally accepted* education program that will work to your benifit solidifying good relationships with wildlife agencies and other wildlife professionals.
- increased credibility and outstanding public perception and professional image for your organization
- participation in networking and partnership with existing permitted local rehabbers standardizing the practice of wildlife rehabilitation.
Wildlife Centers, by virtue of the fact that they are viewed as a business, are considered professionals in the field, unlike many of our independant rehabbers. This public perception can provide a multitude of benifits to the rehab center, and the local people in their region. Locals use these centers as informational resources as well as a "hub" to drop off injured, orphaned, sick, or confiscated animals. For some centers, this level of intake is not a problem.
For others, the annual influx of animals recieved proves more than they have facility to quarantine, house, or fund. At this point, independant rehabbers prove an indespensable resource for these facilities. These independant rehabbers are usually happy to step in and assist. Bringing these independants into the fold of professional wildlife rehabilitation provides them with the support and professional association they so desperately need.
For centers who have not yet developed a network of public outreach and independant rehabbers, the WREN project provides a phenominal oportunity to incorporate independant rehabbers into your network of resources. For the most part, independant rehabbers are left to fend for themselves while centers and agencies benifit from regular large scale donations available for wildlife rehabilitation practiced in a more "traditionally accepted way".
Public perception neglects to realize the important roll independant rehabbers play in aiding agencies, centers, and the general public. Effective wildlife rehabilitation would be impossible without them. Independants are often over-used, under-appreciated, and over looked resources searching for a voice in this movement trending towards professional status.
These independant rehabbers account for aproximately 60% of the total number of people, centers, and facilities handling wildlife. Sadly, they often do not share the identity of a center, and are often percieved as amature, not knowledgeable, and unprofessional. To the contrary, these individuals are often as well taught, and well versed in rehabilitation and emergency care as any center director, and in some cases, even more experienced in working with wildlife than many vets.
It is no accident that these people work from their homes. Until now, it has been their only choice. The program invites these consumate professionals to share their knowlege through an accepted venue under the umbrella of a working facility. Through these partnerships, independant rehabbers, centers, the general public, the animals, and state and federal agencies all benifit.
Facilities benifit through pulling from the experience in the field, thereby offering the finest education program in the area. Independant rehabbers benifit by sharing their passion through a tried and true program, while getting paid to share this knowlege and experience. State and Federal agencies benifit because there is suddenly a comprehensive program ensuring the standardization of rehabbers that they may choose to attach to their permitting requirements. Lastly, the general public and the animals also benifits from this program. Due to the influx of more well trained people entering the field already knowing what to expect, and how to handle the situation.
Training long-term, high-intensity, high-volume professional independant rehabilitators is the goal of the WREN project. The center, in turn, then develops a support network for new and permitted rehabbers via food and supplies, wildlife hotline resources, grants, scholarships, and continuing education programs (that generate revenue for your center) offered to rehabbers and agencies alike.
Sound too complex? Never fear! The WREN team is hear to make it easy for you! Your commitment to the WREN project is re-paid by our commitment to walk you through the set up step by step with an on-site facilitation team. Once the program is up and running, our team slowly backs off, turning the reins over to you. We will remain available to aid and act as consultant to you at your convenience.
Why do we need this program? We can do this on our own.
Yes, you can, and you do not need us! If you have the time and the money to develop an effective program, we throughly encorage and support other programs, and will gladly send as many interested students as we can your way. The WREN project is just a starting point.
However, if you are simply seeking to integrate a proven education program seemlessly, and with minimal effort and investment on your part, WREN is your answer! We will virtually set it up for you.
You will hire your own staff to run it, but this is a self sustaining program that will not put a financial drain on your center. Tuition monies paid to the program will go directly to the payment of your WREN certified instructors, and directly towards the operations of your center.
What does NBRR/WCCR get out of this?
Nothing. WREN was developed for rehabbers, and is run
by rehabbers. It encompasses those already teaching classes, and those who have never even considered it. It holds true to NWRA & IWRC standards and values. It respects state law and policies.
The only thing NBRR/WCCR hopes to gain is a universal respect for those who work so hard year after year carring for wild animals out of their own pockets. We hope to give them a way to support their efforts, and allow them to gain some respect in the process.
How can I learn more?
Contact us. You are not making a commitment at this time. We will send you further information, and we will put you in contact with a program administrator to discuss your facility and assess it's viability.
If you are still interested at that point, and your facility seems to meet the basic qualifications (which will vary by state), then we will move to stage 2. Durring this phase, we will ask that you provide photos of your center, and short bios of those working with you.
You must also be able to identify at least two independant rehabbers interested in teaching the WREN courses. We also need a copy of their background and proof of state wildlife rehabilitator permit.
Phase 3 includes identifying financial feasability of your location. This requires a visit from our operations team. We will asses the facility through a walk through to begin the development phase. It is at this phase that all final commitments will be made and signed.
The final phase begins when we send in our set-up team, and then our admin team. Each set-up is projected to take from 4-8 weeks. from start to finish, we can help you have this project up and running at your facility at around 6 months***.
What if we don't have a wildlife center near by?
Did you notice that there was no wildlife center in Northeast Texas when this idea came to fruition? Nothing scares us! Call us (972-567-3660) and we can see what we can come up with! We are a network with lots of resources! As we grow, there is no telling what we can do together!
*National acceptance dependant on the first two years of operation. WREN is currently still in development, and seeking state by state acceptance with tremendous sucess to date.
**All potential WREN sites must be inspected by a WREN advisor prior to approval.
***Facilities in Texas will recieve priority status through 2012. All other facilities will be placed on a first come, first serve basis. As we grow, the project will move faster.