THANK YOU to all the people who made Wolf Hollow’s Open House on April 1st such a great success.
Our thanks to Kraig Hansen of San Juan Transit for donating the shuttle bus and driving guests back and forth between Wolf Hollow and Friday Harbor. A big thank you to Nikki for preparing the delicious snacks and hot drinks, to Parin and Suzanne for parking cars and neighbors Kyle and Cady for providing staff parking.
Special thanks to all the guests who came by to tour the facility, chat with staff and board members, meet out education birds and bring donations or items from our Baby Season Wish List.
Girl Scout Troop 41873 and family and friends spent their weekend cleaning, scrubbing, weeding, pressure washing and planting flowers to help prepare our facility for our Open House and the coming busy baby season at Wolf Hollow. This is the 10th year they have helped us out and we are always amazed by how much work they do in such a short time.
Our original Heron Cage was built by staff and volunteers in 1997 with mostly donated materials. Over the years it was heavily used to house a wide range of birds including eagles, large hawks and owls, gulls, ducks, geese and yes – even Great Blue Herons. But constant use and our damp climate have taken their toll. Parts of the wooden structure and special netting were rotting to the point that the enclosure needed to be replaced. Mark, our facilities manager, and volunteers took down the old cage in fall 2016 and are in the process of building the new enclosure.
This cage replacement was made possible by a grant from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
From a cute fawn to an elegant barred owl, our new card sets include 2 each of 6 animal designs. All animals featured have been cared for at Wolf Hollow, and their stories are told on the back of the card. Purchase yours online today!
You can also pick them up at the following local shops:
- The Barking Bird, 275 A St. Friday Harbor
- Pawki’s, 199 Main St, Eastsound
- Fine Feathered Friends, 101 N 1st St. La Conner
Or find them at our Critter’s Christmas event, Friday, December 9th, 5 to 8pm at the Mullis Community Senior Center (589 Nash St. Friday Harbor).
It is with great regret that the staff and board of Wolf Hollow must announce the suspension of our marine mammal rehabilitation program for 2016. There are a number of contributing factors, the main one being the lack of the necessary financial support to provide care for these animals. This will in no way affect our ability to rehabilitate the other species of animals we care for at Wolf Hollow.
Marine mammals fall under the jurisdiction of NOAA Fisheries. There are stringent regulations and standards for specialized facilities and care, and Wolf Hollow must follow these standards closely.
Harbor Seal pup rehabilitation is time consuming and costly, with an estimated cost of up to $3,000 each. In the coming year, we plan to make further upgrades to our Harbor Seal facilities to meet current standards. As soon as the project is sized, we’ll be launching a fundraising effort to raise funds for the facilities upgrades as well as the rehabilitation costs.
Our goal is to reintroduce our marine mammal rehabilitation program by the end of 2017.
Scouts Help to Rebuild Aviary
Local Scout, Max Mattox, and his family, friends and fellow scouts in Troop 4090 helped rebuild a Songbird Aviary at Wolf Hollow as Max’s Eagle Scout Project. They had fun taking down the old aviary and rebuilding the new one, which is now completed and ready for our busy summer season. Funds for this project were generously donated in memory of Raymond Van Buskirk.