Kailee is our education intern this year. She is currently a student at Washington State University studying Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, with a minor in Fine Arts. She has had experience working with all types of animals as a veterinary assistant and is interested in the educational aspect of animal care and conservation through her years participating and working with kids in her 4H group.
Our first intern of 2016 is Melissa Ostrowski. Melissa is currently a student at Northern Michigan University studying Fisheries and Wildlife Management, with a minor in Wildlife Conservation Policy and Law. In addition to her studies, Melissa has animal care experience from years of participating in 4H and volunteering at local Animal Shelters in Michigan.
Peyton is a student at Colgate University in New York, working towards a BA in Biology and Chinese. She has cared for cats and dogs as a volunteer with the university’s Pet Pals organization and also helped at a farm animal sanctuary and humane society before coming to Wolf Hollow as our second intern of the year.
Alex is working towards a BSc in Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. She has gained animal care experience interning at the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University and at an animal hospital, and as a volunteer at a zoo and an animal rescue ranch.
Our fourth intern of 2016 is Christina Scott, who is a third year student studying Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. She has worked as an intern in that department and also volunteers at a local Raptor Center.
Trapped Bald Eagle is Slowly Recovering
A Bald Eagle that was found at False Bay with a leg-hold trap attached to its foot is recovering at Wolf Hollow.
The eagle, which was spotted by several people who live in the False Bay area on San Juan Island, was having trouble taking off because a heavy metal trap was clamped on one foot and it was dragging a length of chain behind it. The first attempt to capture the eagle was unsuccessful because it was still able to fly, but the following day, Wolf Hollow staff were able to catch her.
The eagle must have been struggling with the trap for several days because she was thin and weak and her tail feathers were dirty and broken. The trap was immediately removed, but the jaws of the trap had smashed the bone in the middle toe of her left foot and the surrounding tissue was dead.
After a couple of days of treatment at Wolf Hollow, the eagle was strong enough for surgery, and veterinarian Dr. Susan Besel operated to remove the damaged section of toe. The rest of her foot looked healthy, but it was difficult to assess how much damage had been done to muscles and tendons by dragging the heavy trap around.
Over the next few days the eagle spent a lot of time lying down, but she ate ravenously and gradually regained her strength. When the bandages were removed her toe had healed well, so a few days later she was moved into an outdoor enclosure where she immediately hopped up onto a perch. She was a little unsteady, so we know it will take a while for her to adjust to perching and grabbing food with a missing toe. At this point we can’t be sure if she will regain full use of her injured foot, but she is making progress.
We welcome Amy Saxe-Eyler as Wolf Hollow’s new Executive Director.
Amy is a seasoned finance leader with a personal passion for observing and preserving natural resources and wildlife. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Business from Indiana University in 1993 and has held leadership positions in finance, banking and most recently at the local electric co-op. She is excited to bring her skills to Wolf Hollow, an organization that so closely mirrors her core values.
Amy first fell in love with the San Juan Islands while visiting in 2001, and became a full time resident of Orcas Island in 2009. She recently served as the Manager of Member Services and Energy Savings at OPALCO, where she most enjoyed working one on one with members, students, and businesses to explore ways to conserve energy resources. She has a long history of volunteering and fundraising at a number of schools, and was an exhibit interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium. She has served on the boards of Salmonberry School and the Friends of Moran on Orcas Island.
Amy moved from Orcas to San Juan Island in 2015 with her husband and 10 year old daughter. Together, they enjoy kayaking, bird watching, and exploring the many beautiful trails and parks in San Juan and surrounding counties.
Our thanks to Julie Duke who was our Executive Director for the past two years. After stepping down from this position, she joined our Board of Directors and is helping provide a smooth transition as Amy steps into this role.
We thank everyone who joined us for an unforgettable evening at the Coho Restaurant Wine Dinner on May 20th!
The event was a perfect combination of delectable courses offered up by Coho’s Chef Bill Messick and exquisite wines presented by J.J. Compeau from Côte Bonneville Winery. The intimate setting and attentive staff at Coho created a wonderful venue to meet new and old friends while raising $1,500 to help wildlife currently in care at Wolf Hollow.