Events 2016

Raptor Weekend - September 10 &11, 2016
Environmental Education Center, Audubon, Bristol, RI
Traer Scott book signing, "Wild Babies" - September 17, 2-4 PM
Books on the Square, Providence, RI


Wildstock - October 29, 6 PM to midnight
Jackie's Galaxy and Sushi Bar, Bristol, RI
Training Opportunities
IWRC Training - Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Training - October 15th & 16th, 8:30 AM-5 PM
URI Campus, Kingston, RI

This is an introductory course for those interested in wildlife rehabilitation. This class is required for licensing in Rhode Island. Lecture topics include: intro to wildlife rehab, basic anatomy and physiology, handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, initial care and physical examination, fluid therapy, standards for housing, zoonoses, euthanasia criteria and release criteria. Lab topics include tube-feeding, physical restraint, injections, physical exams and fracture bandaging.

For more information and to register, please visit (Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation) or call the Wildlife Hotline at (401) 294-6363.

Training WRARI

Licensed Rehabilitator Training
A licensed rehabilitator is an individual who has obtained the appropriate permit issued by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, - DEM, division of Fish and Wildlife, after having received the required training to handle and care for designated species. It is against the law to rehabilitate, handle, or care for a wild mammal or bird without the specific permit issued by DEM. Most of the licensed rehabilitators within the state of Rhode Island are affiliated with WRARI. Most of our rehabilitators specialized in handling certain species. Most are also volunteers.


We offer training classes to become a volunteer licensed wildlife rehabilitator. These include those offered by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, IWRC, as well as by WRARI.​  Our next basic training class is October 15-16, 2016.

Subpermittee Training

Subpermittees help with in-home rehabilitation, especially of orphaned wildlife. They are volunteers assigned to work under our licensed rehabilitators. The training process involves 6 hours of formal classroom training, 25 hours of hands-on skills training (usually at the Wildlife Clinic), a house inspection, and an open-book state exam.


A series of subpermittee training classes will be offered in January/February 2017.

Continuing Education for Rehabilitators

We offer periodic continuing education classes for licensed rehabilitators, subpermittees, and interested WRARI supporters.

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