Harbor Seal Release

On Tuesday August 28, we released our first three seals of the season–Muenster, Danbo, and Brie. After our seal pups reach a healthy weight, we are able to let them back into the ocean to experience life back in the wild Pacific.

Muenster was found alone in bustling Roche Harbor and hauled out on July 21, on some paddleboards. He was slightly dehydrated, weighed just over 22 lbs. When he was released he weighed 40.3 lbs.

Danbo was seen alone on shore at Semiahmoo Resort for two days. After being picked up by the Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network on July 6, he received overnight care at Whatcom Wildlife Center before being flown to Wolf Hollow. He was very thin and dehydrated, weighted 16.4 lbs, had an umbilical infection and puncture wounds on his flippers. When he was released he weighed almost 47 lbs.

Brie was our first seal pup received this season, picked up by a kayaker somewhere on Orcas island on June 27, and kept with a friend overnight. When we got her on June 28, she was alert and active, only slightly dehydrated, and weighed 22.2 lbs. By the time we released her, Brie weighed nearly 60 lbs.

Watch this video to see how it all happened down at Kansas Cove.

And remember … if you see a Harbor Seal on the beach, leave it alone and call the Marine Mammal Stranding Network (1-866-767-6114)!




Anacortes Kids R Best Fest

Wolf Hollow’s education team “flew” over to the mainland to participate in the Anacortes Children’s Festival. To honor the Year of the Bird, kids  colored hummingbird flyers, tested their knowledge with our build-a-bird game, and practiced their bird watching skills with our  scavenger hunt. Thanks to a grant from the Skagit Community Foundation, we were able to provide all kinds of great activities so kids and parents alike could have fun, learn about Wolf Hollow and notice all our native birds!

4th of July Parade

This 4th of July, some of our animals went for a rockin’ ride in intern Erin’s truck as part of our Wolf Hollow float. The parade theme of “music through the decades” inspired us to equip the animals with guitars, trumpets, drums, and the like, to bring Friday Harbor a debut rendition of Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”. With the help of interns Sophia and Hannah, and volunteer Anna, the float was a fine-tuned success! 

Elephant Seal Pup

At the end of May this female Elephant Seal pup was brought to Wolf Hollow for care. She was found stranded on shore near an RV park in Ocean Shores, WA.

When she arrived she was extremely emaciated, weighing only 35 kg, and was very weak, so she needed intensive care. We provided the necessary medications and treatments and tube-fed her fluids initially before gradually introducing a special high-calorie fish slurry formula.

Since then she has made slow, steady progress and has received excellent care from our rehab staff and team of marine mammal vets (Dr. Jenny Ladd and Dr. Joe Gaydos of SeaDoc Society). After two weeks of care, she was stronger and more active, eating whole fish and spending time swimming in her pool.

On June 9th she was transported to The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. There, she’ll be with other Elephant Seal pups to receive long-term care until she’s ready for release back to the wild.

Local Teenagers Help Wildlife

Ren DiBona is an accomplished young artist who lives on Lopez. She has always loved animals, so decided to create a piece of art that could be made into cards and prints and sold to raise funds to support Wolf Hollow’s work.   She created this beautiful image of a young Red Fox and more than tripled her original goal of selling 30 cards, raising $500 for Wolf Hollow.  Thank you so much Ren!






Local students Lucas Chevalier and Marshall Clark were concerned about the number of collisions between vehicles and deer on San Juan Island so they decided to take action.  After carrying out interviews and doing research they decided to purchase deer whistles and sell them in the local community. These devices can be attached to cars and emit a sound when it is moving so deer have warning when a vehicle is approaching.  They originally intended to sell 100 whistles, but there was so much demand that they actually sold twice as many and donated $400 to Wolf Hollow. Thank You Lucas and Marshall for your great idea!

Meet Our Seasonal Staff and Interns


Ellie Hahn, Seasonal Wildlife Rehabilitator

Ellie was an intern at Wolf Hollow last summer and is very excited to be back as our Seasonal Rehabilitator for 2018.
She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and just graduated from the University of Cincinnati in April, earning a degree in Biology, with a focus on Animal Science. She has worked at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and the Newport Aquarium, where she has been able to learn about a range of animals, and gain experience in her chosen field. Her goal is to become a bird keeper at a zoo, so her time at Wolf Hollow has allowed her to gain a lot of hands-on bird experience, as well as knowledge of animal diets, and handling and care techniques.
She is glad to be back working with the staff and animals at Wolf Hollow, is looking forward to training the interns  this summer, and watching the California Quail running around in the yard!


Lindsey Burley, Rehab Intern

Lindsey traveled from Michigan to be our first intern of the 2018 summer season.  She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration on Fish and Wildlife Management at American Public University. Her animal care experience includes over 10 years working in equine care and barn management and several months caring for and conducting enrichment activities for dogs at a boarding, training and daycare kennel.
Lindsey’s career plan is to contribute to wildlife conservation in some way, and hopes that her internship at Wolf Hollow will provide both hands-on experience in wildlife care and a new perspective to carry with her to future work in wildlife management.



Adrianna Pollee, Rehab Intern

Adrianna is currently working towards a degree in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife at Ohio State University. Growing up in rural Michigan, she was surrounded by neighbors with goats, horses, pigs, chickens, etc and often helped care for them. She volunteered at farms, rode horses, cared for her pet dogs, cats and rats and volunteered at a small local wildlife rehabilitation center. She hopes that the hands-on experience with wildlife and the knowledge of animal behavior gained during her internship at Wolf Hollow will help prepare her for her future career as a field research biologist.




Erin Massey, Rehab Intern

Erin is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, with the aim of continuing on to vet school. Her animal experience includes being an assistant vet tech at two veterinary practices, several years taking care of horses, showing sheep and volunteering at a humane society. So far, all of her work has been with domestic animals, so she is looking forward to gaining experience working with wildlife in order to broaden her animal care skills and help her decide which aspects of veterinary care she would like to specialize in.




Sophia Marble, Education Intern

Sophia is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education and Creative Writing from Western Washington University. Through this, she aims to create accessible ways to bring field work and research to local people. Across Oregon and Washington, Sophia has been involved in citizen science surveys as well as teen and kids camps. She is looking forward to broadening her knowledge of wildlife and expanding her connection with the variety of visitors San Juan attracts.





Hannah Burge, Rehab Intern

Hannah is currently a student at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Her animal care experience includes working at a domestic animal care and adoption center and volunteering at a wildlife reserve in South Africa, where she had the opportunity to work with a range of species including cheetahs, zebra, and crocodiles. Hannah is certain that her future career will involve working with animals, but there are so many different possibilities. She is hoping that her internship at Wolf Hollow will help her decide which field of animal work she would like to pursue.




Kinsey Coffing, Rehab Intern

Kinsey lives in Bremerton, WA, so didn’t have far to travel to join us for an internship this summer. She is currently a student at Western Washington University in Poulsbo, working towards a degree in Environmental Science. She has taken care of a range of family animals since she was a small child and also worked as a pet sitter and dog walker. Her future career goals involve working in rehabilitation and conservation of wildlife, so she sees her internship at Wolf Hollow as an important first step in learning what is involved in wildlife care.




Katie Phillips, Rehab Intern

Katie travelled all the way from Georgia to be our final intern of 2018. She recently graduated from the University of West Georgia with a major in Biology and a minor in Geology.
She has cared for horses, dogs, cats, goats and chickens all her life and enjoyed riding in 3-Day event competitions. She also has experience working at a vet clinic and volunteering at a wild animal rescue center in her home state, and is working towards her Georgia Wildlife Rehabilitation License.

Katie’s goal is to help wildlife in some way, and hopes that her internship at Wolf Hollow will help her extend the animal care knowledge she gained at a vet clinic into the realm of wildlife care. Then she plans to take part in a range of internships to work out where her niche truly lies.