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.

 

 

 

 

Successful Open House

Our Open House on March 31st was a great success thanks to more than 200 guests who came for a guided tour of our facility, to chat with staff and board members, meet our education birds and enjoy a slice of our 35th Anniversary Cake.

A special thank you to Kraig Hansen of San Juan Transit for supplying the shuttle bus from  Friday Harbor to Wolf Hollow and to volunteers Nikki Ruggiero, Parin Columna, Erin Braybrook and Jill Berger for setting out food, parking cars, manning our merchandise booth and taking great photos of the event. THANK YOU ALL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You Girl Scouts!

Girl Scout Troop 41873 carried out a work weekend at Wolf Hollow for the 11th year in a row. They worked hard, with lots of enthusiasm and completed an amazing amount of work in a short time, including pressure washing, digging up thistles, cleaning pet carriers and enclosures, planting flowers, oiling benches and clearing blackberries.

…..and they donated all kinds of great items from our Wish List.

THANK YOU SO MUCH GIRLS!

 

Thank You ASU Students

A group of students from Arizona State University decided to carry out projects on the San Juan Islands for their alternative spring break. We were delighted to have them spend a day at Wolf Hollow building a songbird aviary and a deck for waterfowl tubs. They were a great work crew and helped us make a lot of progress on these projects in a short time. THANK YOU to all the students and the organizers of the trip.

Building Songbird Aviary.

Building deck for waterfowl tubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facilities Improvement Projects this Winter

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.

Raptor Mews

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.

 

 

 

Waterfowl Decking

Thanks to a Wildlife Rehab Grant provided by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, we are in the process of building a raised deck for the waterfowl tubs where we raise ducklings each summer.

 

 

 

 

Songbird Aviaries

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.

Young Heron Released

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! 

https://vimeo.com/230818798