Carol Galinski- Waterfowl and Game bird Team Leader
Q: Why do you work with waterfowl?
A: It all started when we were living by the canal in Sacramento. I went for daily walks and the canal had a lot of water birds living in it. I was rescuing a lot of injured and orphaned birds when I found them on my walks. I took the birds to Dawn DeBerry who was a rehabber for Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento. She was very busy, so eventually asked me if I could help her. I decided I would so I took several wildlife classes to be able to qualify to rehabilitate wildlife.
I became hooked on rescuing these birds, so I would take all the classes I could to learn how to save them. We eventually moved to Sonoma and I volunteered on weekends at the bird rescue in Santa Rosa. I was feeding baby birds and any that came in. When waterfowl babies came in, I would take them home to care for them. This started my love for these birds.
When I moved to Jackson, I joined Tri County Wildlife Care and no one was working with these birds here. Over the years my intake of these birds has grown tremendously. One thing about these birds is that you never know what kind of bird you are going to get in. I handle mallards, wood ducks, Canada geese, pigeons, pheasants, doves and many more. I have taken many classes to enable me to administer medicines and fix injuries when needed. This is very rewarding to be able to get them ready for release. This has become a labor of love for me.
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).