Maximizing Your Reuniting and Re-nesting Strategies for Wildlife

Maximizing Your Reuniting and Re-nesting Strategies for Wildlife
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-03-19
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Maximizing Your Reuniting and Re-nesting Strategies for Wildlife
Unit 2 Transcript: Maximizing Your Reuniting and Re-nesting Strategies for Wildlife
Unit 3 Workbook: Maximizing Your Reuniting and Re-nesting Strategies for Wildlife
Unit 4 Recording: Maximizing Your Reuniting and Re-nesting Strategies for Wildlife

Reuniting young animals with parents is always far better than raising them in captivity. Doing so also removes the burden from wildlife rehabilitators who are already taxed with legitimate wildlife emergencies. This webinar delves into the critical techniques and strategies for reuniting and renesting wildlife through direct intervention or by leveraging community involvement for the most favorable outcomes.

Leading the discussion is John Griffin the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) where he holds the role of Senior Director of Urban Wildlife Programs. His responsibilities include overseeing field and policy programs focused on humane and effective approaches to resolving wildlife conflicts and providing consultations, training, and resources for animal care and control professionals and other related professionals.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • How often animals get separated from their young due to human activities, natural events, or even the urban environment itself.
  • Why reuniting and renesting is the best choice for the animals’ survival, the wildlife rehabilitators, and everyone involved in caring for the animals.
  • What agencies can do to improve reuniting capability by…
    • Networking and building relationships with those responding to wildlife issues.
    • Raising public awareness on animal behaviors that influence wildlife-human encounters.
    • Tracking call types received to come up with targeted resources, guidelines, and procedures that address the most call volume.
    • Establishing protocols and scripts to obtain good information from calls to provide effective assessments and resolutions to calls.
    • Educating the public across different media channels with information and resources tailored to the community’s concerns and needs.
  • Videos, audio, images, and examples were provided to demonstrate:
    • Maternal instinct in raccoons and squirrels that would try to get back to their young even after days of separation.
    • Vocalizations are used to lure animal parents to get back their young.
    • Reuniting animals using ingenious methods to reunite and monitor success.
    • The difference between passive and active reunions.
  • Factors to take into account when reuniting animals with their young.
    • A simple reuniting framework that encompasses assessment, approach, equipment used, and monitoring and confirmation.
    • Assessment guidelines that look at the animals’ physical health, signs of illness or injury, and behavior that indicates orphaning.
    • The seasonal phases that share human-wildlife interaction.
    • The species to be reunited, their distinct characteristics, and other nuances.
    • The equipment – containers and warming devices – to ensure safe and effective reunions.
    • The approach to take – passive versus active – that would best fit the circumstances and the species.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Dispelling the myth that touching a wild animal leads to parental rejection.
  • Sources of the vocalization audio files.
  • Resources for the reuniting frameworks for mammals and birds.


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Audience Comments

  • “Love the videos showing actual examples.”
  • “John presented the webinar in what I call as easy listening. Outstanding and I thank both John and Christina.” Senior ACO Charles
  • “I found this information helpful and I hope if the opportunity ever arises, I am able to follow through with the best for the wildlife creature.”
  • “Helpful info for the general public also; great info; John always does a wonderful job with his webinars; the provided resources are helpful; More John on any wildlife-related topic would be helpful.”
  • “Learned a ton! Love the questions to ask callers. Thank you!”




This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association and is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit. Please refer to your NACA membership portal for current CEU submission process. Current NACA Members who attend the live presentation or watch the recording will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo. Visit the NACA training page for a complete list of future trainings.



Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates around the globe fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, the HSUS takes on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries, and together with its affiliates, rescues and provides direct care for over 100,000 animals every year. The HSUS works on reforming corporate policy, improving and enforcing laws and elevating public awareness on animal issues.


This webinar has been pre-approved by the Maine Animal Welfare Program for 1 Continuing Education Unit for the State of Maine’s ACO annual training. You can find more information about Certification, required annual training or submitting materials for credit at Maine’s Animal Control Officer Resource Page.




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