Friday Harbor’s theme for this year’s Fourth of July parade was “America the Beautiful and 100 Years of National Parks”, so our paper mache animals were dressed as park rangers. Our volunteer owl, mouse and seal handed out the candy!
Come join us on Orcas Island at Doe Bay Cafe each Thursday in July for delicious pizza, live music, and gorgeous water views. $1 for every pizza sold will be donated to Wolf Hollow!
Seating starts at 5pm. If you haven’t yet enjoyed Doe Bay’s gourmet pizza – made from local and organically grown ingredients – you’re in for a treat. Click here for more information and directions. We hope to see you there!
Kailee is our education intern this year. She is currently a student at Washington State University studying Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, with a minor in Fine Arts. She has had experience working with all types of animals as a veterinary assistant and is interested in the educational aspect of animal care and conservation through her years participating and working with kids in her 4H group.
Our first intern of 2016 is Melissa Ostrowski. Melissa is currently a student at Northern Michigan University studying Fisheries and Wildlife Management, with a minor in Wildlife Conservation Policy and Law. In addition to her studies, Melissa has animal care experience from years of participating in 4H and volunteering at local Animal Shelters in Michigan.
Peyton is a student at Colgate University in New York, working towards a BA in Biology and Chinese. She has cared for cats and dogs as a volunteer with the university’s Pet Pals organization and also helped at a farm animal sanctuary and humane society before coming to Wolf Hollow as our second intern of the year.
Alex is working towards a BSc in Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. She has gained animal care experience interning at the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University and at an animal hospital, and as a volunteer at a zoo and an animal rescue ranch.
Our fourth intern of 2016 is Christina Scott, who is a third year student studying Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. She has worked as an intern in that department and also volunteers at a local Raptor Center.
Sara just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology and a minor in French. She has animal care experience from years of summer volunteer work at animal shelters, zoos and vet clinics, and now wants to add experience of Wildlife Rehabilitation. Her hope is that this will help her decide whether to apply to veterinary school or pursue graduate work in other aspects of biology and conservation.
Trapped Bald Eagle is Slowly Recovering
A Bald Eagle that was found at False Bay with a leg-hold trap attached to its foot is recovering at Wolf Hollow.
The eagle, which was spotted by several people who live in the False Bay area on San Juan Island, was having trouble taking off because a heavy metal trap was clamped on one foot and it was dragging a length of chain behind it. The first attempt to capture the eagle was unsuccessful because it was still able to fly, but the following day, Wolf Hollow staff were able to catch her.
The eagle must have been struggling with the trap for several days because she was thin and weak and her tail feathers were dirty and broken. The trap was immediately removed, but the jaws of the trap had smashed the bone in the middle toe of her left foot and the surrounding tissue was dead.
After a couple of days of treatment at Wolf Hollow, the eagle was strong enough for surgery, and veterinarian Dr. Susan Besel operated to remove the damaged section of toe. The rest of her foot looked healthy, but it was difficult to assess how much damage had been done to muscles and tendons by dragging the heavy trap around.
Over the next few days the eagle spent a lot of time lying down, but she ate ravenously and gradually regained her strength. When the bandages were removed her toe had healed well, so a few days later she was moved into an outdoor enclosure where she immediately hopped up onto a perch. She was a little unsteady, so we know it will take a while for her to adjust to perching and grabbing food with a missing toe. At this point we can’t be sure if she will regain full use of her injured foot, but she is making progress.