Rehabs at Fox Valley Wildlife Center
CWR since 2017
- How long have you been rehabilitating wildlife and what led you to become a wildlife rehabilitator?
I have been rehabilitating wildlife since 2012 when I started as a volunteer at the Fox Valley Wildlife Center and now I work as the director of operations at the same organization. I began volunteering after a family friend who volunteers at FVWC mentioned the organization and it sounded like a fun opportunity to interact with animals that you normally wouldn’t get the chance to. Once I got a taste of working with these animals, and seeing them go from babies to being released I was hooked.
- What is your favorite animal you work with?
My favorite animal to work with is the barred owl patients we have brought to us. Birds of prey are so fascinating and barred owls tend to be pretty easy going so they are great to work with. Seeing a barred owl go from cold and lethargic when they are brought in to active and full of personality when they are released is one of my favorite experiences.
- When did you know you wanted to work with wildlife?
After volunteering at FVWC for just a few months I already knew I was going to be changing my plans for the future. Before volunteering I always had a fascination and love for animals but I had never really considered working with animals as something I could do, I actually was planning to major in law enforcement but I changed my mind once I started working with the animals and haven’t looked back since.
- What is an animal you dream to work with?
I would love to one day work with badgers in a rehabilitation setting. They are such fascinating animals and are very rarely seen in the area I currently work.
- Do you work with other rehabbers or do you work independently?
My work at FVWC brings me in contact with many other rehabbers, primarily my co-workers but also the amazing rehabbers in our local area who do great work as well.
- Do you work with all species, if no, which groups of animals do you concentrate on?
FVWC takes in all species and I work with all of them on a daily basis.However while I do love working with our birds of prey patients, overall I like to focus on our mammal patients while my co-worker does amazing work with our birds.
- Do you have any pets?
I have 2 rabbits, Siri who is a 2 year old dutch rabbit and Harvey who I believe is a french lop turned 11 in October. I got both of my rabbits through my work at FVWC, while i had never planned to have pet rabbits before it is hard to say no to them. They are very laid back, and are animals after my own heart.
- What are some of your hobbies?
Outside of work I like to play video games, cook/bake or play Dungeons and Dragons with my friends. I am also always telling myself that I’ll finish reading this book or that book eventually but it never seems to happen.
- Do you volunteer for other organizations?
I don’t currently volunteer with other organizations, my rehabbing is my main focus and I dedicate much of my spare time to that.
- If you could travel anywhere in the world specifically for wildlife sighting, where would you go?
I would love to go to New Zealand or Australia to see the wildlife there. There are so many cool species that have have evolved in those isolated locations and seeing them first hand would be amazing.