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Wildlife rescue recruiting volunteers

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Gold Country Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Orientation

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

Where: Canyonview Community Center, 471 Maidu Drive, Auburn

Cost: $35 advanced registration by Feb. 4; $45 at the door; $25 for members

Info and RSVP: goldcountrywildliferescue.org; (530) 477-1937

Game Warden Jerry Karnow, California’s “No. 1 wildlife detective” and that star of TV reality series “Wild Justice,” will be the keynote speaker as Gold Country Wildlife Rescue helps volunteers learn how to save native wildlife.

The purpose of volunteer orientation is to bring in new members who share the group’s passion for wildlife conservation. Opportunities are available to work directly with orphaned and injured wildlife, as well as working in public education, fundraising and community support.

The Feb. 9 volunteer orientation will include presentations of songbirds, raptors and small mammal; live animal ambassadors; a wildlife store, displays and raffle; and continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Karnow is one of the state’s most effective advocates for wildlife conservation and will speak about the condition of native wildlife in Placer and Nevada counties. The program will include other knowledgeable speakers who will explain GCWR volunteer opportunities and provide specific information about rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing local native wildlife.