“One of the benefits of working at Wildlife Images is having co-worker’s like Nubs, our resident North American badger. Nubs came to us in 2006 after he was orphaned near Bend, OR. Weighing just a little over a pound, he had the energy true to a badger’s reputation and a personality making him perfect for his job as an educational ambassador. He loves his walks to visit tour groups and is great at hamming it up for school assemblies, but he never lets us forget he is a wild badger at heart.
Hearing the ooh’s when Nubs takes the stage at an assembly is one reason I love my job. I decided to become a volunteer at Wildlife Images while I was in college. My first charge was making bear diets, then it was on to crawling into raptor houses equipped with a paint scraper and garden hose for cleaning. After presenting Petri the barn owl for a school assembly, I was hooked. Sharing these amazing creatures has been more fulfilling than I ever could of imagined.
Recently I’ve had the pleasure of working with “the birdbrains”, a dedicated group of volunteers that learn to care for and handle our resident animal ambassadors, much like I did when I started. With their help, we give up close and personal Wildlife Encounters during tours and they accompany the education team on presentations, making unforgettable lasting impressions.
The generosity of those who provide scholarship funds for kids camps, sponsor classrooms or entire schools to bring an interactive, fun and memorable outreach program to students is vital. With lean times and dwindling school budgets, we rely more than ever on donations from those that share our passion for wildlife education. We hope that each student we reach will take ownership for their part in our world and become responsible stewards of nature and each other.”
“My husband Joe and I were traveling back through Oregon heading home after a vacation on the Oregon Coast in 2001, when we came across Wildlife Images Rehabilitation Center while exploring the Rogue River. I said to my husband right then that maybe we ought to look for a home in the Grants Pass area. He agreed! We found a home in 2002 and moved in full time June of 2006. I became a volunteer at Wildlife Images after settling in. Since then I have been fortunate enough to become a full time employee. Because I enjoy being with people who love animals, becoming the Wildlife Images Volunteer Supervisor was a great opportunity for me. I have met so many wonderful people. What a joy to help recruit and place talented, hard working wildlife lovers as volunteers here at Wildlife Images! Every day, 365 days a year, volunteers fulfill our dual mission of wildlife rehab and education. Wildlife Images would not exist without their precious donation of their time and energy. With over 80 volunteers, there is not a day that we forget that it is these fantastic givers of time that are the heart of Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center. We love our volunteers and I love working with them!
Pictured with me is Tundra a grey wolf and was one of my favorite residents here at Wildlife Images. She arrived in February of 2002 as a small pup. She was transferred from the Sarvey Wildlife Center in Washington. There are no records of where she came from previously, or what circumstances led her to be abandoned at the animal sanctuary in Washington. Tundra had a very loving disposition with her handlers and enjoyed her walks with them. When you visit Wildlife Images, you will learn about grey wolves and what role they play in the world around us.”