Wolf Hollow News

Open House 2017

Wolf Hollow Open House 
Saturday, April 1st 11-3pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to tour our facility, meet staff and board members and learn more about the work carried out at your local Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.







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

Shuttle bus schedule
Depart from corner of First and Court Streets (outside San Juan Island Grange Hall)
11, 12, 1 and 2 pm

Depart Wolf Hollow to return to Friday Harbor
11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3 pm.

Wildlife Rehab. Internships

IMG_2681We are now accepting applications for our Wildlife Rehabilitation Internships in summer/fall 2017.
Visit the Internship section of this web site for information and an application form.

Heron Cage being rebuilt


New Heron Cage under construction Jan 2017

New Heron Cage under construction Jan 2017

Foundation, frame and lower walls completed

Foundation, frame and lower walls completed








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.

New Wolf Hollow Cards

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).

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Bald Eagle in Heron Cage  TT May 2015 (6)

Harbor Seal Rehab

It is with great regret thnewsealpups (32)at 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.

Scout Helps Build Aviary

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.

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