Welcome To North County Aviculturists
Saturday, January 5, 2019
There is a new Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in San Diego North County. The Director, Trish Jackman, will meet with us to start 2019 off with a bang!
San Diego Wildlife Center opened its doors in the spring of 2018 but the journey started as far back as 2016 when Rancho Coastal Humane saw a need for wildlife help in north county. Wildlife rehabilitation is different than any other type of animal work and is heavily regulated. Before we could open our doors we had to navigate permits, building, and obstacles both expected and unexpected. On April 2nd, 2018 our doors opened and the real work began. We function as a triage hospital, nursery, and pre-release conditioning for San Diego wildlife. Meeting the needs of animals that require minimal handling is a daily challenge. Some patients go smoothly and quickly while others end up testing our skill and stealing our hearts. No two days are alike and no two patients are the same.There are also those animals that aren’t quite wildlife but are often dumped out to fend for themselves. They often end up with us for treatment because there really is no safety net for these animals. We will not turn them away but they are always in need of proper placement.In addition to meeting the medical and husbandry needs of the animals, we work to promote conservation as well. Even though many of our patients are considered nuisance animals, we strive to provide education on co-existence. It takes a village to protect and care for our San Diego wildlife.
Trish has worked professionally in the animal field for over 20 years. As a child she spent hours trying to protect everything from bugs to harp seals not realizing she would one day have a career with animals. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from USC in theater, she quickly realized that animals were still pulling at her heart. She went back to school and obtain a degree in animal behavior and management and was offered a job during an internship at a drive through wildlife park in Oregon. She started off doing wildlife programs and travelling to local stations with a Cheetah, owls, and more, while rehabbing raptors, and eventually became the Assistant Curator. From there, she worked as a trainer for the Living Desert, a senior keeper for the San Diego Zoo, and spent 7 years as the director of rehab for Project Wildlife. After a brief period in Los Angeles helping to care for her father, she was approached by Rancho Coastal Humane about starting the new center. In addition to wildlife work, Trish was part of a Hurricane Katrina task force sent to help oversee operations at a rescue site in Louisiana, has presented at wildlife conferences, published a case study on an emerging disease in Cliff Swallows, and represented organizations as their media spokesperson including a documentary on wildlife rehab for KPBS.
When not caring for wildlife, Trish spends her time with her senior dog, and three indoor cats who have absolutely no interest in her wildlife patients, and enjoys her backyard birds that come for a visit.