Take a look at our float in San Juan Island’s Fourth of July Parade!
This year’s theme was “Stars, Past and Present”, so the stars of our float were a Bald Eagle pair and their nest. Interns Hayley (Harbor Seal) and Missy (Great Horned Owl) had fun handing out the candy.
Seasonal Rehabilitator – Sara Reszutek.
Sara is excited to be back at Wolf Hollow after working as an intern here in the summer of 2016. She graduated in 2016 with a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and has since earned her Master’s in Wildlife Health and Population Management from the University of Sydney. Sara has worked with animals in settings ranging from small animal shelters and vet clinics to zoos and exotic and wildlife animal hospitals. Her experiences studying wildlife and caring for animals have inspired her to return for this year’s busy baby season to work with and learn from Wolf Hollow’s dedicated staff, volunteers, and interns.
Rehab Intern – Kallie Feldhaus
Our first intern of 2019 is Kallie Feldhaus, who graduated from the University of Denver, CO in June 2018, with a BS in Biology and Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. Her previous animal care experience includes volunteer work at an animal shelter and as a veterinary assistant. Kallie hopes that her internship at Wolf Hollow will provide her with hands-on experience working with wildlife, which will compliment her domestic animal experience and take her one step further towards her career goal of becoming a veterinarian focusing on wildlife rehabilitation.
Rehab Intern – Elizabeth Jessmore
Liz joined us in mid-May as our second intern of 2019. She was raised on a farm in Idaho where she helped care for goats, llamas, pigs, chickens and rabbits, then continued her animal care experience with internships at a local zoo. She is currently a student at the University of Montana, majoring in Wildlife Biology and plans to follow a career in conservation.
Rehab Intern – Brett Bohnert
In early June Brett joined the rehab team as our third intern of 2019. Brett’s home is in Bend, Oregon but she is currently attending Grinnell College in Iowa, where she is working towards a BA in Biology, with a primary focus on conservation work. She has a range of animal-related experience including caring for her own pets, assisting with a spay/neuter project, caring for cats at an animal shelter and travelling to Costa Rica to help gather data on Leatherback Turtles. She is enjoying watching and photographing birds on the San Juans.
Education Intern – Hayley Deti
Hayley’s home is in Kent, WA and she is currently a student at Western Washington University, studying environmental education and studio art. She has always been interested in nature and enjoyed volunteering at an aquarium and a wildlife rehab center so much that she decided to pursue a career in environmental education. She sees her 3-month internship at Wolf Hollow as a perfect next step towards becoming a positive and passionate educator who can inspire youth so they can learn how to care for and love our environment.
Rehab Intern – Missy Melvin
Missy is from Urbana, IL and in 2017 she graduated from Parkland College, IL with a degree in Biology. Her involvement in animal care started in high school when she volunteered at a humane society, a zoo and an animal hospital. This continued throughout her college years when she worked as an animal caretaker at a nature center, as an intern at an elephant sanctuary and as a vet assistant at a small animal clinic in St Croix, US Virgin Islands. Missy hopes that her internship at Wolf Hollow will help bring together the skills she has learned in previous positions and take her another step towards her goal of managing a sanctuary or wildlife rehabilitation center of her own.
THANK YOU GIRL SCOUTS!
In mid-March, Girl Scout Troop 41873 from Snohomish carried out their spring work weekend at Wolf Hollow for the 12th year in a row. With lots of smiles, enthusiasm and hard work, they cleaned carriers and enclosures, planted flowers, weeded, cleared debris from paths, pressure washed concrete walkways and helped spruce up our facility in preparation for our coming busy summer season. The girls also donated all kinds of great items from our Wish List
For a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon, they were joined by youngsters from San Juan Island’s new Girl Scout Troop 46486, who enjoyed scrubbing an aviary, digging up thistles and picking up fallen twigs around our front yard.
THANK YOU SO MUCH GIRLS!
We welcomed Megan Perry to our staff team in January 2019.
Megan first visited San Juan Island in 2010 for an internship with Wolf Hollow. The experience sparked her interest in wildlife rehabilitation, and she returned in the summers of 2013 and 2017 as our seasonal Wildlife Rehabilitator. She graduated with a BA in Human Development from Long Beach State University in 2009, and returned to school to earn her AS in Veterinary Technology from Carrington College, California in 2015. She holds a Veterinary Technician’s license in both California and Washington State, and has worked at several veterinary hospitals. As a staff rehabilitator, Megan will be involved in all aspects of animal care, and in training and supervising rehab staff, interns and volunteers.
Madrona, a Red-tailed Hawk, is one of our unreleasable education birds. She has been with us for over 20 years and has made numerous appearances at presentations and children’s activities in the local area. Volunteers built her a nice enclosure when she first arrived, but, over the years, our damp climate had taken its toll and the cage was starting to fall apart.
Thanks to funding provided by the ANDAH Foundation, our Facilities Manager Mark Billington and volunteer Jerry McElyea were able to take down the old cage and build her a beautiful new enclosure. It is 24 feet long and 8 feet high to give her plenty of space to move around, and a choice of perches so she can sit in the sun and watch what’s going on, or take shelter from the wind and rain.
As his community project, local student Merritt DeShon decided to lead a guided walk up Mt Young and invite participants to make donations to support Wolf Hollow’s work. The weather didn’t cooperate, but we all had fun, and learned all kinds of interesting facts about local plants and animals from our knowledgeable guide.
Our thanks to Merritt for all the time and effort he put into gathering information and perfecting his guided walk, and to everyone who braved the rain to take part. We were delighted to receive $590 in donations from walk participants. Thank You!