I will not bore you with the saga. It’s done. Our request for recognition of exempt status as a nonprofit has been filed with the IRS. But…. if any of you ever hear me considering out loud starting another new nonprofit that requires applying for 501(c)(3) status, please tie me up and gag me until the impulse passes!

You’ll recall that a few weeks ago, I photographed a great blue on the Tensas NWR that I recognized was injured when it flopped and hobbled into the woods. The “more” I want to share with you today is the information I got from Chris Doffitt about what to do if we see injured wildlife.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries maintains a list of Wildlife Rehabilitators on its website and calls upon these people when injured wildlife is reported to them. I have now perused the list and it turns out we have several people in our area: Dale Barry of Monroe rescues raptors, Carmon James of Monroe rescues small mammals, Keith Cascio of West Monroe rescues mammals.

I plan to contact these folks and ask them to speak at one of our quarterly meetings. If any of you happen to know any of them personally, please let me know.

Would you like to become a wildlife rehabilitator? Then the LDWF has a Wildlife Rehabilitation Program for you! Check it out. I think that would be a great thing for a Master Naturalist to do.

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This great blue heron on the Tensas NWR looked fine, until I got out of my car and it flopped and hobbled into the woods.


2 thoughts on “YAY! 501(c) Request & More…

  1. I have a friend from Union Parish who just took and completed the course and has already had a few rescues. Her name is Leslie Albritton. She would love to speak on her experiences too. Apparently they’ve not updated their list.


  2. Terrific! Why don’t you go ahead and talk to her about speaking at our summer meeting, which is currently scheduled July 10? If she can do it, we will come to Union Parish for our meeting, maybe at the Library?


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