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Get FULL-ACCESS to ALL of our Courses

Would you like FULL-ACCESS to ALL of our courses, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE?

Peggy publishes several new courses each year, and you can have access to all of the courses when they are published.

Why do we make this offer?

We offer these classes to save animals — Not to make money!

One of Red Creek Wildlife Center’s missions is to help other’s become wildlife rehabilitators. It is through these students that we can help save even more animals than just those who are admitted to our center. These courses are essential for new wildlife rehabilitators, and those studying to become a wildlife rehabilitator.

We can’t offer these courses for free because they cost us so much to produce, but we do try to keep our prices reasonable. We understand that wildlife rehabilitators often donate their time and pay for their own supplies. They can’t afford massive prices.

But we also want to be sure that those enrolling in our courses are committed and value the education. Once someone makes the investment of enrolling in full-access, we want to help them as much as we possibly can in the future. We do this by including all of our courses produced by Red Creek in the future without ever charging again. No yearly fees, no hidden surprises.

How long is this membership good? As long as Peggy is producing classes – AND SHE HAS NO PLANS OF EVER RETIRING!

Peggy Hentz, Red Creek’s Founder, has been rehabilitating wildlife since receiving her first permits in 1991. In 2013, she turned over the daily animal care at Red Creek to a younger generation of wildlife rehabilitators and embraced educating future rehabilitators.

Beginning in Pennsylvania, Peggy conducted weekend classes at Red Creek and developed the “Basics in Wildlife RehabilitationSeries.” She also developed Pennsylvania’s certification program for Wildlife Capture and Transport and for rehabilitators who seek approval to treat Threatened and Endangered Species.

It was an immense passion that drove Peggy to rehabilitate wildlife and create Red Creek Wildlife Center. Today, that same passion is focused on creating new educational opportunities for you, and anyone who wishes to save wildlife, do it well, and lawfully.

Have you purchased individual classes already?

Sign up for FULL-ACCESS and get credit for the courses you’ve already paid for. We refund your past enrollment fees to your PayPal account once you are enrolled, and we’ve confirmed your past enrollment!

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Wildlife Capture and Transport – All States

For those seeking training in the capture and transport of wildlife, this eight-hour course will help you learn these skills safely.

This entertaining and enlightening course covers the basics of wildlife capture in the field including legal issues, safety, equipment, recognizing true emergencies, proper capture and handling techniques, public relations and education.

A written exam will be given at the end of class. A passing score is 80% .

Contents:

Introduction
Pennsylvania Laws and Regulations
Preparation
Initial Public Contact
Situational Planning
Adult Emergencies
Understanding Rabies
Baby Wildlife Emergencies
Common Baby Mammal Calls
Common Baby Bird Calls
Handling Raptors
Handling Non-Raptors
Handling Mammals
Capture
Entrapment
First Aid
Transport

A certificate for 8 hours will be awarded on completion of the course.

Each student needs to sign the Terms of Service Agreement prior to each course


ENROLLMENT

Enrollment Fee = $50.00
You have 3 months to complete the course

To enroll in any course you must first create a student account at our course gateway. You may then enroll in the course(s) of your choice.

Payment is made at time of course selection.

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Wildlife Capture and Transport – Pennsylvania Certification

For those seeking permits for the capture and transport of wildlife in Pennsylvania, this eight-hour course is the first step helping you meet the Pennsylvania state permitting requirements.

This entertaining and enlightening course covers the basics of wildlife capture in the field including legal issues, safety, equipment, recognizing true emergencies, proper capture and handling techniques, public relations and education.

A written exam will be given at the end of class. A passing score of 80% (along with sponsorship from a permitted wildlife rehabilitator and approval by the local WCO) is necessary for obtaining a permit in Pennsylvania.

Contents:

Introduction
Pennsylvania Laws and Regulations
Preparation
Initial Public Contact
Situational Planning
Adult Emergencies
Understanding Rabies
Baby Wildlife Emergencies
Common Baby Mammal Calls
Common Baby Bird Calls
Handling Raptors
Handling Non-Raptors
Handling Mammals
Capture
Entrapment
First Aid
Transport

A certificate for 8 hours will be awarded on completion of the course.

Each student needs to sign the Terms of Service Agreement prior to each course


ENROLLMENT

Enrollment Fee = $50.00
You have 3 months to complete the course

To enroll in any course you must first create a student account at our course gateway. You may then enroll in the course(s) of your choice.

Payment is made at time of course selection.

ENTER THE GATEWAY HERE

Intake and Exam – Basics in Wildlife Rehabilitation Short Course

When an animal first arrives for rehabilitation, the initial steps you take to examine and stabilize the animal can impact its survivability. Your immediate actions can save the animal, or hasten its death.

This is the first series of lessons in the
Basics in Wildlife Rehabilitation Series.

This set of lessons must be completed prior to advancing to several other lessons.

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Contents:

  • Stress in the Wild Patient
  • Cursory Exam
  • Stabilization of Immediate Life Threatening Conditions (ABCs)
  • Physical Exam

 

Each student needs to sign the Terms of Service Agreement prior to each course


ENROLLMENT

Enrollment Fee = $25.00
You have 3 months to complete the course

To enroll in any course you must first create a student account at our course gateway. You may then enroll in the course(s) of your choice.

Payment is made at time of course selection.

A certificate for 4 hours will be presented on successful completion of the course

Each student needs to sign the Terms of Service Agreement prior to each course

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Basic Avian Anatomy for Wildlife Rehabilitators

Understanding the basic anatomy of a bird, and the proper terminology is essential for identification, handling, bandaging orthopedic injuries, and when communicating with your veterinarian.

This short-course only takes about 2 hours to complete but has all of the “need-to-know” information on avian anatomy for a wildlife rehabilitator.

Included:

Basic Anatomy Terminology
Avian respiration
Ruptured air sacs
The avian skeletal system

A certificate for 3 hours will be presented on successful completion of the course

Each student needs to sign the Terms of Service Agreement prior to each course


ENROLLMENT

Enrollment Fee = $25.00
You have 3 months to complete the course

To enroll in any course you must first create a student account at our course gateway. You may then enroll in the course(s) of your choice.

Payment is made at the time of course selection.

ENTER THE GATEWAY HERE

Hygiene and Zoonosis – Basics in Wildlife Rehabilitation

To keep yourself and your staff healthy, and to stop disease from spreading through the animals that you care for, good hygiene protocols and zoonosis prevention needs to be in place. Knowing your risks and understanding how to reduce those risks is critical for all wildlife rehabilitators.

This short course only takes about two hours to complete, but it may be the most valuable two hours that you spend.

Included:

Cleaning and Disinfecting in Wildlife Rehabilitation
Histoplasmosis
Zoonotic Diseases Common in Wildlife Rehabilitation
Disinfecting and Product Use
Creating a Zoonosis Protection Plan

A certificate for 4 hours will be presented on successful completion of the course

Each student needs to sign the Terms of Service Agreement prior to each course


ENROLLMENT

Enrollment Fee = $25.00
You have 3 months to complete the course

To enroll in any course you must first create a student account at our course gateway. You may then enroll in the course(s) of your choice.

Payment is made at the time of course selection.

A certificate for 4 hours will be presented on successful completion of the course

Each student needs to sign the Terms of Service Agreement prior to each course

ENTER THE GATEWAY HERE

Threatened & Endangered Certification for PA Wildlife Rehabilitators

Overview:

Pennsylvania Game Commission permits for wildlife rehabilitators include two additional authorizations for certain classes of animals: rabies vector species (RVS) and threatened and endangered (T&E) species.

This class is intended to deliver the knowledge necessary for a general wildlife rehabilitation permittee to be authorized to receive, treat and rehabilitate threatened and endangered species in Pennsylvania. Upon successful completion, a general permit wildlife rehabilitator can apply for T&E certification to added to their permit class.

Objective:

Since general class rehabilitators already possess basic skills in stabilization, medical care, diet, rehabilitation and release of distressed wildlife, this program is geared to understanding those aspects directly associated with receiving animals considered of special interest and listed as threatened and endangered in the Commonwealth.

Any rehabilitator can receive all wildlife species (even those outside of their permit class (mammal, non-raptor, raptor)). It is prudent for all rehabilitators seeking T/E authorization to be able to identify and give emergency care to all special listed species, even those outside of their permit class, so all species are covered in this course.

The information presented is also valuable to novice rehabilitator permittees, sub-permittees, capture and transport permittees and volunteers.

INCLUDES 43 PAGE QUICK GUIDE

A certificate will be awarded on completion of the course for six training hours.

 


ENROLLMENT

Enrollment Fee = $50.00
You have 3 months to complete the course

To enroll in any course you must first create a student account at our course gateway. You may then enroll in the course(s) of your choice.

Payment is made at time of course selection.

 

ENTER THE GATEWAY HERE

Red Creek wildlife Center “Series Students” may enroll for free by LOGGING INTO THEIR ACCOUNT HERE.

Telephone Skills – Handling Wildlife Emergency Calls

The information and emergency phone line 
is THE most important step in the wildlife rehabilitation process. 

When a person calls a wildlife center with an injured, orphaned or sick wild animal, the ensuing conversation may be THE MOST IMPORTANT conversation in that animal’s life.

The decisions made by the finder will have an immense impact on its future.

In wildlife rehabilitation, much emphasis is placed on techniques, diet and housing (and rightfully so), BUT having the right information during THE BEGINNING of the process is a CRITICAL STEP in the rehabilitation of that animal.

IT IS THAT IMPORTANT!

The volunteer who answers the phone is  an important link between the wildlife center, the finder and the animal. For the organization: you are THE representative that will leave a lasting first impression on the person calling. To the finder, you are their salvation from a very emotional situation.

For the animal, YOU are their lifeline to any chance of living a natural life.

Course Information:

This self-paced. non-accredited course will prepare the wildlife rehabilitation volunteer to answer emergency calls pertaining to injured, orphaned and foundling wild animals.

This course includes:

  • Identifying Wildlife over the phone
  • Wildlife Education and Identification Resources
  • Wildlife Emergencies – Adult Animals
  • Abnormal Behavior / Rabies
  • Wildlife Emergencies – Baby Animals
  • Entrapment
  • Safety
  • Dealing with the Public
  • Verbal Judo and Personality Types
  • Wildlife Tips

 

A certificate will be awarded on completion of the course
for six training hours.

 


 

ENROLLMENT

 

Enrollment Fee = $25.00
You have 3 months to complete the course

 

To enroll in any course you must first create a student account at our course gateway. You may then enroll in the course(s) of your choice.

Payment is made at time of course selection.

 

ENTER THE GATEWAY HERE