Wolf Hollow joined other local stewardship organizations in the Green Village at San Juan County Fair. We had fun chatting with people at our education booth and watching families playing the mini-golf course.
It is with great regret that 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.
In early May, a Bald Eagle was seen at False Bay on San Juan Island,with a heavy metal leg-hold trap clamped on one foot and dragging a length of chain behind. Wolf Hollow staff were able to catch her and bring her to the rehab center for care.
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 so part of the toe had to be amputated.
After 9 weeks of care and recovery at Wolf Hollow the eagle was flying strongly and using her injured foot well, so by July 18th she was ready to be released. When the transport cage door opened, she immediately took off and flew a short distance before landing to check everything out. She spent a few minutes looking around to get her bearings then flew strongly out over the trees, circled around, then headed off into the distance.
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.
Erin is currently working towards a degree in Zoology, with a minor in Digital Photography at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR. She has experience working with domestic animals through volunteering on farms and at her local humane society and summer work with a dog trainer. She has also worked at a custom taxidermy store and had the opportunity to volunteer at Cascade Raptor Center during her school term. Her internship at Wolf Hollow will add to this range of experience and help Erin decide which aspect of conservation work she would like to pursue.
Monica just graduated from Washington State University with a BSc in Zoology, Pre-vet and Animal Care. Her animal experience includes volunteering at the WSU Bear Research, Education and Conservation Facility and with the WSU Raptor Club, and pet sitting for a range of cats, dogs, mice and snakes. Monica knows that her career will involve working with animals, but is currently undecided whether this will involve wildlife research and conservation, domestic animal care or perhaps wildlife rehabilitation.
Our final intern of 2016 is Lindsie Sabol, who just graduated from California State University, Fresno, with a degree in Animal Science, with an emphasis in Equine Science. In addition to extensive work with horses, she also has experience caring for farm animals and a range of dogs, cats, birds and fish, and has always been fascinated by all species of animals. Working with wildlife at Wolf Hollow will further diversify her animal care experience and help her explore other possible career opportunities.
We welcome Amy Saxe-Eyler as Wolf Hollow’s new Executive Director.
Amy is a seasoned finance leader with a personal passion for observing and preserving natural resources and wildlife. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Business from Indiana University in 1993 and has held leadership positions in finance, banking and most recently at the local electric co-op. She is excited to bring her skills to Wolf Hollow, an organization that so closely mirrors her core values.
Amy first fell in love with the San Juan Islands while visiting in 2001, and became a full time resident of Orcas Island in 2009. She recently served as the Manager of Member Services and Energy Savings at OPALCO, where she most enjoyed working one on one with members, students, and businesses to explore ways to conserve energy resources. She has a long history of volunteering and fundraising at a number of schools, and was an exhibit interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium. She has served on the boards of Salmonberry School and the Friends of Moran on Orcas Island.
Amy moved from Orcas to San Juan Island in 2015 with her husband and 10 year old daughter. Together, they enjoy kayaking, bird watching, and exploring the many beautiful trails and parks in San Juan and surrounding counties.
Our thanks to Julie Duke who was our Executive Director for the past two years. After stepping down from this position, she joined our Board of Directors and is helping provide a smooth transition as Amy steps into this role.
We thank everyone who joined us for an unforgettable evening at the Coho Restaurant Wine Dinner on May 20th!
The event was a perfect combination of delectable courses offered up by Coho’s Chef Bill Messick and exquisite wines presented by J.J. Compeau from Côte Bonneville Winery. The intimate setting and attentive staff at Coho created a wonderful venue to meet new and old friends while raising $1,500 to help wildlife currently in care at Wolf Hollow.