Recently, eight Hiram College students from the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station attended the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (OWRA) Conference alongside Hiram’s Curator of Animal Programs at the Field Station, Rebecca Moore

The professional conference provides information related to wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife education, and the laws governing working with native Ohio wildlife.  Veterinarians and experts from around the country attend the OWRA conference to share knowledge through informational sessions, along with Ohio Division of Wildlife officers and staff. 

Of the eight Hiram students in attendance, three were awarded scholarships based on their merit and experience in animal care and rehabilitation at the Field Station. The scholarships allowed students free admission to the conference. Those students were Claire Partin, the Field Station’s animal care student manager, Kaitlynn Jones, and Skyee White. Four Hiram College students also presented their research throughout the conference. Those students were Claire Partin, Logan Griffin, Skyee White, and Bryce Pruszynski. 

Hiram’s own, Rebecca Moore, was also awarded the Betty Ross Education Scholarship from the OWRA. Moore was awarded this scholarship for her continued work mentoring student workers about the natural history and care of native Ohio wildlife through the Field Station’s wildlife rehabilitation program. Moore has extensive experience as a wildlife educator, and currently partakes in wildlife education through public outreach programs, tours, and public presentations and interactions. She also supports and advocates for the Field Station’s partnerships with other organizations such as Lake Metroparks Wildlife Center, Akron Zoo, and the Holden Arboretum to provide experiences and opportunities for students to engage in hands on experiential learning that relates to their career paths and passions.   

Attending conferences is one of the many ways Hiram faculty and staff work to provide educational, interactive experiences for students. It is a testament to the quality work and research being done in our Field Station’s animal care programs that so many Hiram students and a member of our staff were recognized and awarded scholarships from the OWRA. 

Interested in learning more about the Hiram College’s animal care programs? Visit the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station’s page for more information. 

By Taylor Cook