Gayle Nastasi, animal consultant and author
My life revolves around animals, and the connection we humans enjoy with them. Whether I am helping clients with their pets, working with various rescues, rehabilitating wildlife, or enjoying my own animal companions, a huge portion of my time and my heart are dedicated to our non-human brethren. Of course, I feel that by enriching the bond with the animals in wonderful ways, our human family thrives as well.
Most of this site, obviously, is about my consultation services, and you will also find, under this menu, pages begun for my own animal family members. On this page, I introduce another passion involving animals:
Through NYWRC and Wes Laraway, I was introduced to the world of wildlife rehabilitation. It has opened up a whole new world of experience for me. In 2008, I became assistant to a Federal Migratory Bird expert, Kelly Martin, and began taking in orphaned and misplaced baby songbirds to raise and release. I have raised a group of babies every year since, with the exception of 2009, as I spent all that summer in a wheelchair (here is the link to my Pyoderma Gangrenosum Evernote blog if you want more of that too-long story … and have a fairly strong stomach).
As I type on this late-June evening, I have six Starlings (who may be joined tomorrow by a pair of American Robins) out in my soft-release aviary, in fact.
You can read more about Wildlife Rehabilitation in NY State at the following link: