How long have you been @ CWC?
I've been volunteering for three and half years.
What shift(s) are you on?
I have the good fortune to be on the Saturday AM shift with a wonderful group of people.
Do you have a field of study (past or present)?
I graduated from Oregon State two years ago with a zoology major and chemistry minor.
Are you employed outside of your CWC volunteer position?
Yes. I work in the Chemistry department at OSU as a Laboratory Assistant. All the time I spend indoors really makes me appreciate the time I spend at CWC.
What is your favorite part about volunteering at CWC?
The best part of volunteering is the impact we can make rehabilitating wildlife. It is extremely rewarding to see a patient progress from the ICU, to our outdoor enclosures, and then be released back into the wild.
Do you have a favorite or most memorable patient (past or present)?
The first bald eagle I was able to help with was incredible. Holding him made me realize his impressive strength and appreciate eagles as remarkable predators.
What is something that your shift may not know about you?
Our shift is like a family, so I'm an open book with everyone. If I had to say something, it would be that I have lived in five other states before moving to Oregon.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
The only thing on my nightstand is a dehumidifier! The book I'm currently reading is Fellowship of the Ring
What music is in your car right now?
I mostly listen to metal, but I'll pull out some classic rock from time to time.
Where are you from?
I never know how to answer this type of questions because I've lived in so many places. I was born in Virginia, but at 6 months old my mom and I moved to Ohio. After 17 years there, I hopped around to South Carolina, Georgia, and Utah until moving to Oregon in 2009. Of all the places I've lived, Oregon is easily my favorite!
Volunteer Sarah Leon with a bald eagle patient.
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