I am both sad and excited to share with you the news that after 5 years serving on the OWCN Management Team as your Oiled Wildlife Care Specialist, I have accepted a new position as the manager of the Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center. I am very excited for this new opportunity, of course, though I can’t help but be sad to leave all of you.
When I joined the OWCN Management Team, I hoped to make a difference for wildlife and wildlife workers in this state. What I didn’t know was how impactful this program would be on my life. Because of this job and all of you, I’ve grown enormously personally and professionally, and I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with amazing people from so many different backgrounds. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together, from responses like Refugio to new endeavors like the
Responder Database, to old traditions like Oilapalooza. I’ll always care deeply about this program and the Network, and I’m excited to see where it goes from here as new staff step in to coordinate on your behalf.
California is truly unique, particularly in the number and diversity of programs that care for animals and the environment, and also in how collaborative and communicative those programs are. It is the kind of community that takes decades of investment to grow, and once you experience it you don’t shake it off easily. So you know I’ll be watching from afar, looking for partnership opportunities to increase care and response capacity for all animals in need. You’ll never get rid of me completely!