Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of New Zealand (WReNNZ) Conference, 2016

The Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of New Zealand (WReNNZ) conference was hosted May this year at Massey University, Palmerston North.  While it had been a mild winter up until May, Palmy managed to provide a chill factor and a deluge of rain at inappropriate times for the conference goers. However, the dampness in the air did not dampen the spirits of the attendees for the conference with a great turnout of around 50 attendees. 

The program had a mix of technical and anecdotal reports on wildlife rehabilitation, rescue and research and was strongly supported by Wildbase and Massey providing a range of speakers including Polly Yeung on Compassion Fatigue in animal carers.  The student contingent was high this year which is always great to see. The conference was a time to reacquaint with familiar faces and in the spirit of WReNNZ also make good on those networking opportunities that are so crucial for the success of the group. 

The guest speaker, Geoff Simmons from The Morgan Foundation gave a fantastic engaging talk on the Enhancing the Halo project that aims to make a difference to the urban environment through trapping predators that decimate wildlife. He created quite a buzz and we are grateful to Geoff and the Morgan Foundation for supporting WReNNZ in this way.  A great hands-on workshop in basic avian first aid skills was also run by Dr Janelle Ward on the second day of the conference and was of great interest to those that attended and participated.  A massive thanks to the WReNNZ organising committee, and particularly Wildbase’s Bridey White.

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