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Ways To Help Wildlife => Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation => Topic started by: PamNY on June 25, 2012, 12:13:46 PM

Title: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: PamNY on June 25, 2012, 12:13:46 PM
Through the NYU hawk chat, I've gotten to know a wonderful wildlife rehabber in south Georgia. Her weekly newsletter brings fascinating tales of heartbreak and joy as she works with raptors, songbirds, turtles -- even a beaver.  

She single-handedly runs Laurens Wildlife Rescue, and takes care of most of the raptors and songbirds needing rehab in the southern half of the state (about 29,500 square miles). Her intakes come from everywhere within that region: Macon, Warner Robins,  Milledgeville and all points south, near AL line, near FL line, near SC line, coast, and everywhere in between. The demands on her time, energy and finances are extraordinary.

Of the raptor rehabbers in the southern part of her state, she's the only one who is active right now. One has health problems, and one is a vet who only triages and transfers animals elsewhere. The same is true for songbirds.

She's recently announced a funding crisis -- her intake is way up this year, and she will run out of money at the end of June.  Without her services, there will be no help available for wildlife in a large part of Georgia.

She's set up a fundraiser at http://www.gofundme.com/ryjb4 (http://www.gofundme.com/ryjb4) with a goal of $1200. If anyone is able to help, I know she'd be grateful.  

Her newsletters are fascinating  -- here's the current one, which describes the financial issues and contains photos and stories of her "clients."  

http://www.laurenswildliferescueinc.org/this-week-in-wildlife.html (http://www.laurenswildliferescueinc.org/this-week-in-wildlife.html)

If you have friends or relatives in south Georgia who might be interested, why not send them the link to her newsletter?  The more local awareness and support she has, the better!


Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue
Post by: NancyM on June 25, 2012, 12:55:46 PM
Pam, many thanks for bringing Lauren to our attention.  She is doing a huge job, all on her own, and apparently on a tiny shoestring budget. I hope she gets enough funding to continue past the end of the month!
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 25, 2012, 04:03:49 PM


Miigwetch Pam!!  Lauren can sure use the help of ALL of us!!
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue
Post by: PamNY on June 26, 2012, 10:25:26 AM
Thanks so much to everyone for taking an interest. She's exceeded her goal -- I'm sure it will all be put to good use. 

Oh, and Laurens is actually the name of the county she's in -- everyone assumes Lauren is her name (as I did for a long time, and I used to live in Georgia and should have figured it out!). 

Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue
Post by: NancyM on June 26, 2012, 11:27:58 AM
WOW - a single donor contributed $1000 to her !  I hope additional individuals will continue to take an interest and follow her work.  Her goal was very modest, I'm sure she (like other rehabbers) could use additional help.
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 26, 2012, 01:17:35 PM
PamNY, thanks for letting us know about her.  I'm very glad to see she's more than reached her goal, because you helped us know about her work and her needs in order to keep her doors open, and thanks to Ajl for vouching for her as a rehabber.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue
Post by: passerine on June 30, 2012, 02:11:54 PM
Wonderful that through so many generous people that Lauren is able to carry on her good work with somewhat less stress. :chick
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue
Post by: PamNY on July 01, 2012, 07:45:46 PM
Here is her latest newsletter -- she always has great photos and interesting stories about the wildlife in her care  (including a gorgeous redtail hawk baby).

http://www.laurenswildliferescueinc.org/this-week-in-wildlife.html (http://www.laurenswildliferescueinc.org/this-week-in-wildlife.html)

"Baby season" is so busy for rehabbers -- I'm very happy that she has funding.
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 02, 2012, 04:22:08 AM
The rehabber at Laurens Wildlife Rescue wrote this at the beginning of her June 30, 2012 newsletter (link posted above by PamNY).

“I get by with a little help from my friends…”

06/30/2012
 
"A huge and heartfelt thank you to all who donated to keep LWR in operation. Your generosity raised $2678 in less than a week, and on behalf of all the critters who will benefit from your largesse, again, thank you!..."

<snip>

[I added Bold type added for emphasis.  TL]
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue
Post by: gzebear on July 06, 2012, 01:18:45 AM
One of the benefits of sleeplessness - getting caught up in ONZ. Thank you Pam for bringing us Laurens Wildlife Rescue. I believe the rehabber's name is Vonda Lee Morton. I loved reading some of her stories and seeing her photos. I especially enjoyed the one about helping the little gosling hatch - that is dedication. Will send some $$ for rodent restocking.

Her extensive blog archives are loaded with stories and photos - I look forward to reading more about LWR ... thanks again.
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: PamNY on July 24, 2012, 11:45:01 AM
Vonda has some happy news -- releasing lots of songbirds!

http://www.laurenswildliferescueinc.org/2/post/2012/07/a-week-of-releases.html (http://www.laurenswildliferescueinc.org/2/post/2012/07/a-week-of-releases.html)
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: gzebear on July 25, 2012, 06:39:41 AM
Wonderful! That's what it's all about ... oh, how those releases help us keep the faith. :nod2
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: passerine on July 25, 2012, 03:44:56 PM
Kudos to Laurens wildlife, nice to see rehabs helping the song birds. :heart
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: PamNY on December 19, 2012, 09:00:38 AM
Here is Vonda's latest newsletter from Laurens Wildlife Rescue. As always, both happy and sad news. She writes so well, and her photos are great.

http://www.laurenswildliferescueinc.org/2/post/2012/12/twas-the-week-before-christmas.html (http://www.laurenswildliferescueinc.org/2/post/2012/12/twas-the-week-before-christmas.html)
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: PamNY on October 07, 2013, 09:25:22 AM
I realized it's been a while since I posted one of Vonda's newsletters. She has some adorable young squirrels in rehab.

http://www.laurenswildliferescue.org/2/post/2013/10/can-you-handle-more-flyer-cuteness.html (http://www.laurenswildliferescue.org/2/post/2013/10/can-you-handle-more-flyer-cuteness.html)
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: BBE on October 07, 2013, 09:56:45 AM
Pam,
Thank you for sharing 'Lauren's Wildlife Rescue' here. Another dedicated soul, helping wildlife on a shoestring budget.  Her photographs are wonderful.
I hope people continue to donate so she can remain in operation.
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: PamNY on December 15, 2013, 03:55:21 PM
Here's Vonda's latest update from Laurens Wildlife Rescue. 

http://www.laurenswildliferescue.org/2/post/2013/12/and-still-they-comethe-critters-that-is.html (http://www.laurenswildliferescue.org/2/post/2013/12/and-still-they-comethe-critters-that-is.html)

She's done a great calendar -- would make a nice holiday gift.
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: passerine on December 15, 2013, 04:00:55 PM
Nice update, really like the sound the Heron is making in the video. :ecsmile

Where do i find calendar?
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: NancyM on December 15, 2013, 04:50:46 PM
Thanks, Pam - those flying squirrels are cuties (we once had dozens in our attic and they were not quite so cute then ... )

Pass, at the end of the article that Pam linked to, is a paragraph about the calendar.  It is sold here:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/laurens-wildlife-rescue-2014-calendar/calendar/product-21282459.html?showPreview=true (http://www.lulu.com/shop/laurens-wildlife-rescue-2014-calendar/calendar/product-21282459.html?showPreview=true)   The box that opens up shows you each month as you click through.
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: passerine on December 15, 2013, 07:24:45 PM
TY Nancy.
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: PamNY on January 26, 2014, 02:39:03 PM
Latest newsletter from  Vonda at Laurens Wildlife Rescue.

http://www.laurenswildliferescue.org/2/post/2014/01/ranting-and-ravingagain.html (http://www.laurenswildliferescue.org/2/post/2014/01/ranting-and-ravingagain.html)

She had only two intakes to discuss, but both (probably) result from bad behavior by humans. 
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: gzebear on January 26, 2014, 03:28:48 PM

thanks, Pam - that was interesting! Must go back and read the blogs I've missed!
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: NancyM on January 26, 2014, 03:46:49 PM
wow, those two cases sure were worth a rant!  Thanks for posting the link, Pam.
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: PamNY on February 09, 2014, 01:41:11 PM
Vonda has another amazing story -- this time it's a very lucky Cooper's hawk.

http://www.laurenswildliferescue.org/2/post/2014/02/worlds-luckiest-coop-quite-possibly.html (http://www.laurenswildliferescue.org/2/post/2014/02/worlds-luckiest-coop-quite-possibly.html)
Title: Re: Laurens Wildlife Rescue (Georgia)
Post by: gzebear on February 09, 2014, 03:21:41 PM

Wow, that is one lucky bird. Thanks for the link, Pam!