Education

debbyWildlife Care Association is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of local orphaned and injured wildlife. We are also dedicated to educating the public about local wildlife, wildlife habitats, ecology, biology and much more. We believe it is very important to share our knowledge with the hope that others will learn to appreciate, as well as respect all wildlife and the environment that serves as home to the animals that live around us.

our Education Team

Debby DuVall

Debby has been a member of WCA since 1991 and has served on the Board ofDirectors since 1992. Debby has been involved in every facet of the organization and puts in an incredible about of time and energy volunteering for Wildlife Care. She is WCA’s species manager for Raptors and all mammals except squirrels, and also teaches some of the classes offered by WCA.

Debby joined the educational outreach program in 1994 and is currently the Education Team Leader. She currently is the caretaker of WCA’s Ambassador Great Horned Owl, Nala, who was found tangled in a barbed-wire fence in 1996 and has been with WCA ever since.

“I have a great passion for wildlife and preserving as much as we can for future generations. I really enjoy educating people, young or old, and enjoy seeing their reactions to the spectacular animals we are educating them about. Education is the cornerstone of preserving habitat, creating awareness, and saving what wildlife we can.”

Linda Davidson

Linda was introduced to Wildlife Care Association through Dr. Marianne Brick, one of WCA’s veterinarians. Linda was an employee at Dr. Brick’s clinic and assisted her with many wild animal surgeries. Linda started volunteering for WCA in the mid 1990’s and has been a wildlife home rehabilitator, a Board of Directors member, a phone volunteer, a facility volunteer, and much more.

Back then Linda had an exotic animal business, so she was a natural fit for WCA and the education team. Her first educational animal was Chicago, a California Quail, that has since passed away. She is currently the keeper for Caesar, a Western Screech Owl, and Tana, a Burrowing Owl. Linda believes each animal has an amazing story to tell and feels privileged to share their stories with others.

“It is a very important job to educate the public about wildlife. Teaching children is especially important to help them grow up with knowledge and respect for wildlife and hopefully a sense of responsibility to help preserve and protect all wildlife for generations to come.”

Doug Forbes

Doug is the caretaker of, and has been presenting Ivory the (white) American Crow and Yellow-billed Magpies, Noah, who passed away in 2010, and Peanut, since 2006.

“When people (especially children) see a wild animal up close, it greatly enhances their appreciation and respect for animals and the difficult challenges that wild animals face in today’s world.”

Doug has been rehabilitating wild birds since 2003 and has many experiences he can share with the public, thus, encouraging them to do what they can to help preserve the environment and wildlife.

Ivory, the American Crow, came to WCA in May, 2006. Due to her coloring, she was not accepted by other crows and would not be able to survive in the wild without the family support of other crows.

Peanut, the Yellow-billed Magpie, came to WCA in late 2011.

“Educating the public about wildlife issues is very important. Using real wild animals to deliver our message is very effective.”