rehabilitators wear many hats. During the course of a single
day their function can encompass some or all of the following
roles: animal caretaker, nutritionist, emergency medical technicians,
educators, animal housing specialists, capture and transport
specialists for injured wildlife, record keepers, and assist
the public with wildlife issues. We do not receive funding from
state or federal agencies. In fact, Kindred Kingdoms is a non
profit organization that is self supported and supported by
New York State, wildlife rehabilitators are required to be
by the DEC to care for native wildlife. To care for animals
without a permit is illegal.
birds, require a federal license for rehabilitation, issued
by USFWS. All wild birds except exotic and introduced species,
such as the European Starling and House Sparrow are included
as migratory birds.
Birds of Prey: a
carnivorous bird (as an eagle, hawk, falcon, owl or vulture)
that feeds wholly or chiefly on meat taken by hunting or on
carrion. Birds of prey, or raptors, are meat eaters and use
their feet, instead of their beak, to capture prey. They have
exceptionally good vision, a sharp, hooked beak, and powerful
feet with curved, sharp talons.
American black bear is the smallest of the three bears species
found in North America, and are found only in North America.
Black bears have short, non-retractable claws that give them
an excellent tree-climbing ability. Black
bear fur is usually a uniform color except for a brown muzzle
and light markings that sometimes appear on their chests.
Department of Environmental
Conservation (DEC): The
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
was created on July 1, 1970 to combine in a single agency
all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment.
Their mission is to conserve, improve and protect New York's
natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and
control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance
the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state
and their overall economic and social well-being.