To celebrate Earth Month in April we invited everyone to go outside and enjoy the wild creatures around them, then share their photos in our wildlife photo competition.
We received many beautiful photos and would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part.
The winners were:
Young Photographer- Milo Martin
Insects – Brad Pillow
Sea and Shore – Alexandra Walton
Humor – Gene Helfman
Amphibians/Reptiles – Christian Oldham
Mammals -Mike Rauwolf
Birds – Kevin Culmback
Take a look at the winning photos.
Wolf Hollow welcomes our Seasonal Wildlife Rehabilitator, Elizabeth Bukovec. Elizabeth travelled all the way from New Jersey to join us for the summer, and will be with us through September. Before travelling west, Elizabeth worked at Mercer County Wildlife Center in New Jersey. She has expressed interest in moving to the Pacific Northwest to continue to learn about different species and to eventually work towards getting her wildlife rehabilitator’s license in Washington State. She will be an essential part of our staff this summer and will be involved in rescues, intake exams, all aspects of daily animal care, and training our summer interns. Welcome Elizabeth!
On May 5th Liza Dreesmann arrived as our first intern of 2021. Liza is originally from Moscow, ID, but is currently pursuing a degree in Marine Biology through Humboldt State University. Throughout her childhood she helped raise a range of creatures including dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards and chickens, and was always available to dog or cat sit for people in her community. Her internship at Wolf Hollow will allow her to gain experience with wildlife and help her figure out if she would like to follow a career in wildlife biology, veterinary medicine, or maybe even wildlife rehabilitation.
Renata Luders joined us on May 12th as our second intern of the season. Her home is in Sammamish, WA, and she is currently working towards a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a minor in Environmental Science, at Washington State University. Renata’s animal experience includes volunteering at several animal sanctuaries and taking part in the Raptor Club at WSU. She is hoping that this internship will help her explore career possibilities in the native species conservation and rehabilitation fields.
In early June we welcomed Megan Milan as our third intern of 2021. Megan moved to the Pacific NW ten years ago and now lives in Carnation, WA. She is currently working towards a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences at Washington State University. She has a range of animal care experience including many years caring for dogs, raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, volunteering at local humane societies and at a sanctuary for horses, donkeys and mules. She is planning a career in ecology and conservation and hopes that the experience gained working with wildlife during this internship will help her decide on a specific type of work or area of research to pursue.
Three young deer that had been cared for at Wolf Hollow since early summer were released on November 24th. When they arrived at the rehab center in May, they were tiny, spotted fawns that had been orphaned or separated from their mothers. Over the summer and fall they grew into strong, healthy young deer that are now ready for life in the wild.
When we opened the door of the transport trailer, they cautiously emerged, took a few moments to look around, then gradually moved off into the trees.
Our final (we hope!) seal of the year was released back into the wild on October 27th. She was a late season surprise when she was brought to Wolf Hollow in early September. People who live near Eagle Cove on San Juan Island heard a pup crying on the shore and found this youngster tangled in fishing line, with a large hook imbedded in her front flipper. The San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network brought her to Wolf Hollow where we were able to remove the hook and treat other wounds on her nose, chest and tail. Although she was thin, Edison was alert, feisty and had a nice set of sharp teeth, so it didn’t take her long to work out how to eat fish on her own. After only 6 weeks of care she had grown from a skinny 19-pound pup to a fat, healthy 51-pound seal.
As of today, the Salish Sea Harbor seal pups will receive $15,220 due to your generous support. We are all truly humbled and grateful to all of you who contributed during this virtual opportunity and to everyone who has supported us along the way. The monetary support, in kind donations or your volunteer effort are all deeply appreciated.
The funds raised come just in time to purchase more fish, cover the doubled electricity bill and the veterinarian costs. A huge thank you to San Juan Island Community Foundation for developing this special opportunity for the community to come together to support nonprofits. Wolf Hollow is honored to be among such wonderful organizations helping people and animals.
We thank you again and again for supporting this life saving work!
Chanda Stone Executive Director
Shona Aitken Education Coordinator
Penny Harner Wildlife Rehabilitator
Abby Fuhriman Wildlife Rehabilitator
Marc Brown President – Board of Directors
Susan Waters Vice President – Board of Directors
Bex Bishop Secretary – Board of Directors
Chris Minney Board of Directors
Cindy Hansen Board of Directors
Sarah Boden Board of Directors
Albert Barsocchini Board of Directors