Years before I joined Lindsay Wildlife I was introduced to it at an outdoor/nature fair. I knew that I wanted to be a part of its mission. It took me until 1998 to make it happen. It is one of the most important and fulfilling changes I have made in my life. My involvement with Lindsay Wildlife, the animals, the amazing people I have met (many of whom have become dear friends), the opportunities, have all greatly enriched my life. I have been privileged to care for and work with incredible animals and help staff and other volunteers save wild lives and make the captive lives of our non-releasable education animals the best they can be under the circumstances. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I started in the wildlife hospital as an intern in 1999, then began working as a Museum Interpreter (now known as Wildlife Educators) on the exhibit floor and in Live Collections (now Animal Encounters) on the mammal team. I also joined the raptor team. I am currently a husbandry volunteer and not only get to continue working with our non-releasable birds of prey and mammals, but also with many of our other incredible education animals. In the past I was also a fundraising volunteer, a home care volunteer, hospital shift volunteer, mentor and shift leader, on the rescue-return-release team, and a substitute supervisor. I continue to help with the hospital hotline and accessions during the busy season, and I provide home care for raccoons and opossums. I love hearing people’s “wildlife experiences”, talking about my own, and sharing information about wildlife to encourage interest in, respect for, and conservation of wildlife and their habitats.