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19 September 1999

AN INTRODUCTION TO "ALL WILDLIFE RESCUE AND EDUCATION, INC."

All Wildlife Rescue and Education, Inc. (AWRE) is a non-profit organization devoted to accomplishing two objectives:

1. Rescuing, retrieving, medically evaluating and treating, rehabilitating and releasing all species of injured wildlife back into their natural habitat (when safe for the animal).

2. Educating the community, with our focus on pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students, to respect and be aware of the wildlife in and around their environment.

The organization’s officers accomplish the first objective through a continuing effort. As individuals, AWRE”s officers have been involved in literally thousands of rescues and treatments; from marine birds injured in oil spills to raptors injured in various accidents and illnesses. The idea for AWRE took shape as the organization’s founders realized the increasing demand and unmet need for animal rescue and rehabilitation within the Southland communities. Last year alone, two of our board members were directly involved with treating and rehabilitating over seven hundred eighty animals. As individuals, however, there was only so much which we could do. However, as a functioning, full-time, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife, we will be able to greatly leverage our combined talents and abilities towards this end. We look forward to continuing this service on a much greater scale as a non-profit organization.

The second objective of AWRE is to educate the children in our local communities, from community organizations to elementary through secondary schools, both public and private. We recognize if people and communities are made more aware of their environment and the wildlife that lives there, they will be more sensitive to the impact their actions carry. Particularly important in our educational strategy are our non-threatening live animal presentations for children. By exposing children to animals in our custody, like our mascot, Archimedes, a Saw Whet Owl, we hope to encourage children to fall in love with wildlife. AWRE combines story telling with live animal presentations, and gives teachers many opportunities for lesson planning including but not limited to; pre-presentation research, introduction of issues concerning ecology, geography, zoology and botany. The ultimate goal being to encourage children to respect and appreciate wildlife and the environment in which we all live, thereby growing into adults who will care for their environment and appreciate the wildlife that lives within it.

With AWRE’s funding goals met, the public will have a rehabilitation facility capable of both short and long term rehabilitation of all species of injured wildlife found in the area. Including flight pools for the many Pelicans, Cormorants and other marine wildlife.

This facility will be open to the public and will include classroom settings for on-site educational programs, encouraging school field trips to the facility.

Through AWRE’s service to the community and environment, we will be able to have a direct impact on individual attitudes toward local conservation and the preservation of wildlife.

Be sure to check out our web site at: www.awre.org

Source: awre@ptconnect.infi.net

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