From creating a cougar playground to remodeling the home of a grey fox, the 9 young adults who make up AmeriCorps’ Blue 7 have been busy the past several weeks. Blue 7 removed 20,000 pounds of non-native species from 2 acres of animal enclosures, took down 1,000 feet of fencing, put up rehabilitation fencing, made more than a dozen enrichment items for residents, and remodel both the Big Cat Run and the grey fox habitat. On their very first day, Blue 7 was able to meet Agnes (wolf ambassador) on her first ever public introduction. During their visit, Blue 7 also enjoyed the Japanese Culture & Comedy Night, meeting various ambassadors, a visit to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Forensic Lab, and even went along for the release of an owl which had been receiving treatment at the clinic. Spring is an incredibly busy season at Wildlife Images and we couldn’t be more grateful for their service during this time.
We know these 9 young men and women will go far and do amazing things because they have shown a spirit of service, hard work, and positive attitudes! You should get to know them because they are definitely future leaders!
Hi, my name is Amy Singer and I am 23 years old from Baltimore, MD. I have had a blast working at Wildlife Images for the past several weeks. The staff here is so personable and passionate, really getting to know our team and making sure we learn as much as possible. I appreciate how much interaction we have had with the resident animals; the bears are definitely my favorite! Whether clearing out old enclosures to prepare them for new animals or building a fence for the new clinic area, I appreciate always understanding why the work we are doing is important and have had a really fun, meaningful experience!
Working at Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center has been an extraordinary and new experience for me. It has been a very rewarding experience to learn more about the animals being housed and cared for here and to directly improve the grounds of Wildlife Images. Through different tasks such as pulling blackberry, deconstructing and reconstructing an animal enclosure, preparing food for birds, painting various rooms, and constructing a gate I’ve learned a lot more about what I can do beyond what I thought was possible. I’ve learned more about the care and treatment of animals here by caring for the black house cat that lives with us named Toothless, she lays next to me now as I type this. Very cute. At Wildlife, the animal’s health, how they interact, and their use as ambassadors to educate the public if they’re too injured to go back to the wild is something that is always on the staff’s mind. They receive more than 1000 sick, injured, or orphaned animals a year and some must also be put down if there’s nothing else that can be done, this knowledge and empathy for every animal they receive regardless of species or origin is something that I think is very important and the difference between a standard zoo and what is happening here. It’s special. I’ve never seen animals this closely before, even outside our housing I sometimes see wild turkeys or a family of deer. It makes me feel happy to see them.
My experience is that Wildlife Images has been incredible. I was able to greet the bears, the cougars, the fox as well as some wolves. Was able to fix enclosures for wild animals that way they have better living space. Helped put up fences around the new rehabilitation area. Went to the fish and wildlife forensic lab. Learned how to cut steel. Learned more about wildlife animals. It was a pleasure to have volunteered here.
My name is Martha Taylor. I’m 23, and I’m from Missouri. I’m the media representative for Blue 7. When I found out that our team would be serving at a wildlife rehabilitation center, I was immediately excited! I love animals, and I believe Wildlife Images’ mission is so important. I’ve enjoyed every minute of working here, and it has been one of my favorite AmeriCorps projects so far. All of the staff and volunteers here are kind, knowledgeable, and excited to teach us about the animals. They are incredibly welcoming to our team and provide us with so many service learning activities. Every day I learned new skills from the maintenance staff, especially Kevin. My favorite animals to visit here are the badger Nubs and the skunks Scratch and Sniff.
I really have loved working here at Wildlife Images for many reasons! Some of my favorite experiences have been making diets for the birds of prey and fixing up animal enclosure’s like Cheveyo the Fox! The staff here are so amazing and approachable, I always felt right at home!
Wildlife Images is a great learning experience for both employees and people visiting. Serving with AmeriCorps gives us a view of both sides at Images. We have learned so much of what goes into animal rehabilitation and animal ambassadorship.
I loved working around people who are passionate about their jobs and about animals in general. I enjoyed learning about each and every animal at this rehab center thanks to the workers. Working next to animals is a very humbling experience that I could foresee myself doing in the future.
I enjoyed this amazing experience. It was amazing to see how everyone works and acts a lot like a family here at Wildlife, it was amazing to see now things and learn about all of the animals.
Hi, I’m Teresa! I’m 19 and from New York. During my time here at Wildlife Images, I have been exposed to so many wonderful opportunities, people, and amazing creatures. My favorite animal would have to be Brady the cougar, but every animal I worked with was wonderful to be around! I loved working here and will carry on my many new skills throughout my lifetime. Thank you Wildlife Images.
Our thanks to Teresa who took these incredible photos during Blue 7’s time at Wildlife Images.