Each year the Sharon Audubon Center admits more than 300 birds, mammals, and reptiles to our wildlife rehabilitation program with the ultimate goal of providing care and treatment to injured and orphaned wildlife and releasing them back into the wild as soon as possible. Naturalists are on duty at our center to answer questions and interface with the public.
Sunny Bettley - Wildlife Rehabilitator
Sunny Bettley is the Wildlife Rehabilitator at the Sharon Audubon Center. She conducts medical examinations of injured wildlife and works with local veterinarians to provide treatment to the animals. She also trains volunteers and travels with our resident birds and reptiles across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York to teach environmental education and conservation programs to thousands of school children each year.
Becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator in Connecticut
A person who wishes to treat and care for an injured wild animal in Connecticut must have a Connecticut Rehabilitator's License.
Some requirements include:
- Acquiring an application from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)
- Applicants must:
- be at least 18 years old
- conduct 40 hours of volunteer work under a licensed rehabilitator
- pass a written examination
Most rehabilitators provide their services on a volunteer basis and appreciate donations to fund their operation.
Please note: It is in the best interest of the animal that it be brought to a licensed rehabilitator as soon as possible for adequate treatment and greatest chance for survival and release.