THANK YOU GIRL SCOUTS!
In mid-March, Girl Scout Troop 41873 from Snohomish carried out their spring work weekend at Wolf Hollow for the 12th year in a row. With lots of smiles, enthusiasm and hard work, they cleaned carriers and enclosures, planted flowers, weeded, cleared debris from paths, pressure washed concrete walkways and helped spruce up our facility in preparation for our coming busy summer season. The girls also donated all kinds of great items from our Wish List
For a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon, they were joined by youngsters from San Juan Island’s new Girl Scout Troop 46486, who enjoyed scrubbing an aviary, digging up thistles and picking up fallen twigs around our front yard.
THANK YOU SO MUCH GIRLS!
We welcomed Megan Perry to our staff team in January 2019.
Megan first visited San Juan Island in 2010 for an internship with Wolf Hollow. The experience sparked her interest in wildlife rehabilitation, and she returned in the summers of 2013 and 2017 as our seasonal Wildlife Rehabilitator. She graduated with a BA in Human Development from Long Beach State University in 2009, and returned to school to earn her AS in Veterinary Technology from Carrington College, California in 2015. She holds a Veterinary Technician’s license in both California and Washington State, and has worked at several veterinary hospitals. As a staff rehabilitator, Megan will be involved in all aspects of animal care, and in training and supervising rehab staff, interns and volunteers.
Madrona, a Red-tailed Hawk, is one of our unreleasable education birds. She has been with us for over 20 years and has made numerous appearances at presentations and children’s activities in the local area. Volunteers built her a nice enclosure when she first arrived, but, over the years, our damp climate had taken its toll and the cage was starting to fall apart.
Thanks to funding provided by the ANDAH Foundation, our Facilities Manager Mark Billington and volunteer Jerry McElyea were able to take down the old cage and build her a beautiful new enclosure. It is 24 feet long and 8 feet high to give her plenty of space to move around, and a choice of perches so she can sit in the sun and watch what’s going on, or take shelter from the wind and rain.
As his community project, local student Merritt DeShon decided to lead a guided walk up Mt Young and invite participants to make donations to support Wolf Hollow’s work. The weather didn’t cooperate, but we all had fun, and learned all kinds of interesting facts about local plants and animals from our knowledgeable guide.
Our thanks to Merritt for all the time and effort he put into gathering information and perfecting his guided walk, and to everyone who braved the rain to take part. We were delighted to receive $590 in donations from walk participants. Thank You!
Chanda Stone joined Wolf Hollow as Executive Director in September 2018.
A native of southern California, Chanda has many years of experience as an arborist, wetland restoration coordinator and volunteer specialist. She earned a graduate degree from Portland State University and created TEAM Tualatin, a summer program for teens to restore natural wildlife habitats. Volunteering in the community is her passion. Chanda is a past board president for Nursing Mother’s Council of Oregon, a Girl Scout Leader, and she currently serves on the board of the Friday Harbor Film Festival.
Chanda moved with her husband and two children to San Juan Island in 2017 after living and working for five years in Saudi Arabia. Having traveled the world, she and her family feel lucky to now call San Juan Island their forever home.
After 4 months of care at Wolf Hollow, four young otters were released on the shores of a sheltered bay. They ran along the shore, investigated the rocks and seaweed, explored the driftwood and splashed in and out of the water.
When they arrived at Wolf Hollow in June and early July the kits were about 3 months old and had been orphaned or become separated from their mothers. Each was found alone in a different place, but they quickly became inseparable and swam together, fell asleep on top of each other and learned how to catch live fish and crabs. By fall they were well grown and ready to tackle life in the wild.