How long have you been rehabilitating wildlife?
What is your favorite animal you work with?
As most of my experience is with bald and golden eagles I am a little bit limited in this question, but I really enjoy the golden eagle’s calm and inquisitive personality.
Did you always know you wanted to be involved with wildlife?
Yes, I have had a passion for birds and avian conservation for as far back as I can remember. I remember reading things like my mom’s ornithology textbook and Silent Spring when I was in elementary school. I started working with a local rehabilitator during the summer when I was a teenager and that really sparked my interested in wildlife rehabilitation.
What is an animal you dream to work with?
Being so ingrained in the avian and raptor field, I would love to work with a Harpy Eagle.
Do you work with other rehabbers or do you work independently?
I am the Director at the Grey Snow Eagle House where we have a team of rehabbers and trainers that help take care of the resident eagles, eagles in rehabilitation, and ambassadors.
Do you work with all species? If no, which groups of animals do you concentrate on?
We rehabilitate strictly bald and golden eagles, but we have resident population of ~45 non-releasable bald and golden eagles as well as 16 ambassadors of various species that participate in our outreach education programs.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have two dogs and two horses.
What are some of your hobbies?
I do leather work and Native American beading which has turned into a small business. I also enjoy trail riding and barrel racing with my horses.
Do you volunteer for other organizations?
Yes, I am the website committee chair for the Raptor Research Foundation where I assist in keeping their website up-to-date and post content on their social media accounts. I also volunteer my time with the research program I did my grad school work with thereby continuing our genomics research on bald and golden eagles across North America.
If you could travel anywhere in the world specifically for wildlife sighting, where would you go?
I would love to go to South America.