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.
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.
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.
Wolf Hollow is taking part in Rosario’s Festival of Trees again this year. Visit the Moran Mansion on Orcas Island throughout December to check out the beautiful trees decorated by a variety of local non-profits. Vote for your favorite tree by purchasing $1 tickets from the front desk. All proceeds go directly to the organizations and your tickets will be entered to win some great prizes.
We are now accepting applications for our 2018 Internships. Please visit the education/internships section of our web site for further information and an application form. The closing date for applications is Feb 28th 2018.
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.
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.
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!