Wolf Hollow News

Thank You ASU Students

A group of students from Arizona State University decided to carry out projects on the San Juan Islands for their alternative spring break. We were delighted to have them spend a day at Wolf Hollow building a songbird aviary and a deck for waterfowl tubs. They were a great work crew and helped us make a lot of progress on these projects in a short time. THANK YOU to all the students and the organizers of the trip.

Building Songbird Aviary.

Building deck for waterfowl tubs.








Wolf Hollow Open House

Your are Invited!
To Wolf Hollow’s Open House. Saturday, March 31st 11-3 pm.

Join us for a guided tour of our facility, to meet staff and board, to learn more about our animal care work and to help us kick off our 35th anniversary celebration.











Parking at Wolf Hollow is very limited, so please park in Friday Harbor and catch the free shuttle bus generously provided by San Juan Transit.

The bus will leave from outside the Grange Hall (152 N First St.) at 11, 12, 1 and 2, and leave Wolf Hollow at ~11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3 pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

Open House Poster

Facilities Improvement Projects this Winter

This winter, while we have few animals in care, our Facilities Manager, Mark Billington, and volunteer Jerry McElyea, are  hard at work rebuilding some of our older enclosures. Wet weather and constant use had taken their toll on wood and netting, so the enclosures needed to be replaced.

Raptor Mews

In our woodland area we have three raptor mews that provide housing for small owls, or initial outdoor accommodation for larger birds of prey before they are ready to move into larger enclosures. Thanks to funds provided as a result of San Juan Community Foundation’s matching gift program at San Juan County Fair, we are able to replace these three enclosures this winter.




Waterfowl Decking

Thanks to a Wildlife Rehab Grant provided by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, we are in the process of building a raised deck for the waterfowl tubs where we raise ducklings each summer.





Songbird Aviaries

We provide care for large numbers of songbirds each year, and house them in 4 aviaries located in woodland clearings. In 2016 we replaced one of our old songbird aviaries and are currently dismantling a second aviary, with the aim of replacing it before spring. This work was made possible by a generous donation in memory of Raymond Van Buskirk.

Last Two Seals Released


Our last two seals of 2017 were released, bringing our total to 8 pups successfully rehabilitated and released this year.

Longhorn was brought over from Lummi Island in mid July. She was about a week old and was weak, thin (only weighed 13 pounds), dehydrated and had an umbilical infection. It took several week for her to recover from her health issues, but when she was released in mid-October, she was fat, healthy and weighed over 50 pounds.

Tux was also about a week old and weighed ~21 pounds when he was sent to Wolf Hollow by Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network at the end of July. He quickly recovered and weighed over 60 pounds when he was released.









Seal Release Sept 29th 2017 (20)



Fun at the Fair

Wolf Hollow joined other local stewardship groups in the Green Village at San Juan County Fair (Aug 16th-19th). Visitors enjoyed learning about native pollinators by making colorful bee flags, and playing the mini-golf course.



Young Heron Released

The sole surviving young heron from the injured chicks that were brought to Wolf Hollow after strong winds damaged nests at the Skagit Land Trust heronry in late May, was successfully rehabilitated and released back into the wild on Monday, 8/21.

Many thanks to the volunteers at the Skagit Land Trust heronry and the Skagit Heron Foraging Study team for their assistance in bringing this bird back to his home near Padilla Bay. Please enjoy this video of his flight to freedom!