Where are you from?
What is your position at CROW?
"I'm a Fellowship Student currently doing a 6-month program at CROW"
How long have you worked at CROW?
"I'm 5 and half months into my fellowship"
What is your favorite animal and why?
"At the clinic, Brown pelicans. Each individual pelican has its own personality. Some are clumsy and bumble around on recess and then there are some who want to swallow you whole. When on recess the sound of them running around with each other makes the clinic echo with “Plap” sounds from their feet. They are a very entertaining group of birds to get to work with. Overall my favorite animal is a manatee. I have been fascinated by them since I was a kid. After having the opportunity to work with resident and rehabilitating manatees for six months in Miami, they solidified a special place in my heart. The fact that they have been documented to play “follow the leader” is pretty cool too."
What is your favorite memory or story from your time at CROW?
"I had the opportunity to run the rehab portion of the hospital for a day. Meaning that the only staffed rehabilitator at the clinic was working the phones for majority of the day, so I was the stand in for downstairs treatments. Another favorite is that during one of my days on “intakes”, an adult loggerhead sea turtle came in from a boat strike. I was able to watch her progress from being dry docked and thin to swimming in a full pool and eating bags and bags of squid a day. Since I was able to work outside on a weekly basis, I learned the basics of how to take care of the pools, monitor for proper chemical levels and log behavioral changes for different species of sea turtles."
What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?
"When I'm not working at the clinic, I like to spend time with the ambassador birds that I have gotten the opportunity to bond with. When I have time, I like to paint and doodle. Biking around the island is also a nice way to spend my days off and I get to see the species that come in injured or debilitated out in their natural environment."
What are some of your goals or aspirations for the future?
"In a perfect world I would be working as a wildlife rehabilitator for a clinic that takes in a wide array of species from raptors and seabirds to marine mammals."