WRI's dedicated staff and volunteers made it through the busy season, which was a little erratic, thanks again to El Nino. Just as we were finally ready to relax, we were hit with a waterbird botulism outbreak; and once again, WRI's volunteers had their hands full. There is never a dull moment in the world of wildlife rescue. Our animal care staff and volunteers were prepared, and they successfully treated many debilitated birds so that they could be returned to the wild.
Benedicte Last, our terrific Volunteer Coordinator, has done a great job recruiting volunteers this year to fill long daily and evening shifts. Volunteers have been trained under the capable tutelage of our animal care staff and seasoned veterans. We thank WRI's Volunteer Recognition Committee, coordinated by Sarah Scanlan, whose thoughtful deeds and hard work help our volunteers know how special and appreciated they are.
And thanks to Nancy Tantzen, Shelter Administrator, and our volunteer teachers and handlers who have brought educational animals to dozens of classrooms, WRI's Speakers Bureau has reached many children in grade schools, teaching them about our local wildlife. This month, we plan to bring our Speakers Bureau to seniors.
We are fortunate to have had an excellent animal care staff this year and would like to commend Becky Duerr and Kathy Tyson, our Animal Care Coordinators, for an outstanding job. We also had several summer interns working with us this year, which was an extra bonus. Our sincere thanks to volunteers Susie Brain and Elly van den Bosch for all of their work and coordination in making our animal care programs successful.
It's always busy at Wildlife Rescue, and it wouldn't be possible without the support and generosity of our volunteers, members and donors. Thank you all.