In the spring of 2014, I joined the clinical volunteer team at Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre in Mount Brydges, Ontario. From my very first day in the clinic when I was handed a baby eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), I fell in love not only with squirrels, but with the idea that we can do more for the organisms that share the environment.
The hands-on experience with a wide range of injured, sick, and abandoned birds, reptiles, and mammals was second only to working with some of the most dedicated people I’ve ever in an incredible team environment headed up by Salthaven’s founder and director, my good friend and mentor Brian Salt. I eventually got a grant that allowed me to work as Salthaven’s Coordinator of Wildlife Education & Outreach, to which I try to contribute long-distance from my new home in Saskatchewan as part of the social media team.
I also completed the Introduction to Wildlife online course through the Wildlife Center of Virginia in 2015.