2023 Wildlife First Responders Course

The 2023 Wildlife First Responders Course goes online! Have you ever wished you’d known how to handle a wildlife emergency like a baby rabbit caught by a cat or a hawk hit by a car along the road? Our 2023 Wildlife First Responders class will be an online class that you can complete at your own pace with prerecorded video segments, electronic handouts, and live Q & A sessions via Google Meet. The online class will be available starting February 1st and will incorporate over four hours of video instruction. Participants will retain access to all online materials through February 28th. Optional in-person wildlife capture practice sessions for small groups of participants at Tamarack Wildlife Center will be scheduled for those interested.

This course will teach you when to intervene and when not to, as well as how to capture, stabilize, and transport injured wildlife to a rehabilitator. In addition to learning how to respond when encountering wildlife in need, participants develop some of the skills necessary to become TWC phone helpline volunteers, transporters, and onsite volunteers. The course can be used towards state licensure as a capture/transport permittee as well.

Course cost is $40. Registration must be received by Tuesday, January 31st. Sign-up for capture practice is on a first come, first served basis, so register early! Those wishing to volunteer by answering phone calls on our helpline will receive a rebate of $20 when they begin volunteering in that capacity following the course. Previous participants are welcome to attend this online course at no cost but need to register to be given access to class materials.

  • What: Learn to be a Wildlife First Responder
  • Where: Online
  • When: Course access begins Wednesday, February 1, 2023
  • Fee:  $40

How To Register

Download the registration form here and mail to Tamarack Wildlife Center, 21601 Stull Road, Saegertown, PA 16433 with check made payable to "Tamarack Wildlife Center". Registration deadline is Tuesday, January 31st.

Once your registration form has been received, you will be emailed a confirmation letter with additional information as well as the opportunity to sign up for the in-person capture practice sessions. If you have other questions, please call 814.763.2574 and leave a message. We will be in contact with you shortly.