Our Mission

The Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (FWRA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the unification, education and dissemination of information to all wildlife rehabilitators in Florida.

FWRA Purposes

  • To provide an organizational structure within which various individuals and organizations involved in the rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife may exchange information.

  • To provide training and assistance to individuals and organizations involved in the rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife.

  • To increase public awareness through educational means of and support for the activities of wildlife rehabilitators.

  • To engage in such other activities as are permitted by Florida Law.

FWRA Board of Directors   

Executive committee

Beth Hirschfeld, DVM, CVA VMO - President
Hirschfeld Veterinary Consulting, Inc., Hollywood
Working with Flamingo Gardens,NVRT, VMAT3, USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab Permit, DEA License, USDA Certification.

Dan Martinelli - Vice President

Executive Director, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab & possession Permit, FL Class I, II, III License, Scientific Education Permit Eagle, venomous reptiles, conditional species Possession Permit Captive Wildlife Technical Advisory Group, FFWCC Health Department Rabies Task Force, West Nile Virus Task Force, Martin County Consultant to Martin County Sheriff’s Office - Animal Control Division Advisory group for animal care and control Martin County Board of County Commissioners.
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1975

Margaret "Noni" Beck - Vice President/Symposium
Director, Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Tallahassee, FL Analyst, Florida Department of Health USFWS& FFWCC wildlife Rehab& possession Permit
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1990.

Deb Anderson- Secretary

USDA Certification, emergency animal rescue Working with Florida Aid To Animals, Brevard Zoo, Florida Wildlife Hospital.

Sue Small - Treasurer
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1997.

Board Members at Large

Leslie Johnson - Symposium Committee
Subpermitted & Bd of Directors Wildlife Rehabilitation Ctr of Central, Christmas, FL Retired Regional Sales Manager, Orlando, FL BS Business Mgmt/Economics


Diana Flynt - Nomination Committee, Newsletter

Rehabilitation Supervisor, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Maitland, FL USFWS& FFWCC wildlife Rehab& possession Permit, Eagle exhibition permits Wildlife Alert Committee Member. Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1974.

Gail Straight - Symposium Committee
Wildlife, Inc., Bradenton Beach, FL
USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab & possession Permit, Scientific Education, Eagle, Conditional Species Possession Permit.
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1987.

Wyn "Winnie" Varcoe Burns - Membership and Symposium Committee
Director, Creature Safe Place, Fort Pierce, FL USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab & possession Permit St. Lucie County SART.
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1992

Debbie Helsel - Membership and Symposium Committee
Director of Operations, Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Education Center, Orlando. USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab & possession Permit, FL Class I, II, III License, Scientific Education Permit Practitioner-Heart2Heart, reconnective healing, reiki healing-energy medicine.

Advisory Board

Dorothy W Kaufmann
Director, Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, Inc., Pensacola, FL USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab & possession Permit, FL Class I, II, III License, Eagle possession.
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1994.

Vered Nograd, CVT - Veterinary Committee
Consulting rehabber Miami Science Museum, Tamarac FL USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab Permit.
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1993

Jan Pye – Operations Manager, Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. 
Jan is a Florida native, born and raised in Hialeah. After completing service in the US Army, she returned home and became employed by the City of Miami Beach. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Florida International University and joined the team at Pelican Harbor in  2006.

Phyllis Benton
USFWS Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Permit; US Virgin Islands DPNR Bat Rehabilitation and Possession Permit; Virgin Islands Audubon Society Board Member. Other activities: Amateur Radio Emergency Services; St. John Amateur Radio Club; Virgin Islands Amateur Radio Weather Net.

Sandra Renne
Volunteer at the vonArx Wildlife Hospital, Naples, FL. Trained OSHA Instructor, Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, Certified Physician Assistant , State Certified Paramedic. Involved in wildlife Rehabilitation since  2011

Cara Brown - Membership and FaceBook Committee

Resource Committee

Beth Hirschfeld, DVM
,(Chair) President, Hirschfeld Veterinary Consulting Inc, Hollywood FL

Scott Citino, DVM , ACZM - Sr. Staff Veterinarian, White Oak Conservation Center, Yulee, FL

Hector Cruz-Lopez, PhD - Forensic Biologist, FW Forensic Research Laboratory (FFWCC), Boca Raton, FL

Mark Cunningham, DVM - State Veterinarian, FWRI Wildlife Research Laboratory (FFWCC), Gainesville, FL

Robert Hess, Jr, DVM - Winter Park Veterinary Hospital, Winter Park, FL

Jack Landess, DVM - Owner, Nokomis Veterinary Clinic, Nokomis, FL

Mike Ruggieri - Animal Curator, Flamingo Gardens in Davie FL

Nicole Nemeth, DVM, PhD - APHIS Science Fellow, National Wildlife Research Center, USDA/APHIS

Mark Pokras, DVM - Assoc. Professor, Department of Environmental and Population Health, Wildlife Clinic & Center for Conservation Medicine, Tufts University, Grafton, MA

Carmen Simonton - USFWS, Migratory Bird Permit Office, Atlanta, GA

Danielle Stanek, DVM - Medical Epidemiologist, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL

Michael Yabsley, PhD - Assist. Professor, SE Cooperative for Wildlife Disease Study, UG, Athens, GA

Reinier Munguia - President Lake Region Audubon Society.

Sonia Hernandez, DVM, ACZM, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources & Southeastern Cooperative and Wildlife Disease Study College of Veterinary Medicine University of Georgia.

Dave McRuer, DVM, ACVPM, MSc, Dipl, Director of Wildlife center of Virginia

Martha Mullins (McRuer), DVM

Dan Wolf, DVM Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Erica Miller, DVM – affiliated with NJ DEP, Division of F&W of Wildlife Health & Forensics, Mercer County Wildlife Center

Heather Barron, DVM, Dipl., ABVP – Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

 

 
 
 
 

 
         
Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
P.O. Box 411087, Melbourne, FL 32941