July 27, 2005
Thanks for Five Great Years
by Kevin Mack, PAWS Wildlife Naturalist
In the past 5 years as PAWS naturalist, I have overseen the release of
several thousand animals. None of these releases would have been
possible without the hard work and dedication of countless volunteers,
and dozens of interns, externs, and staff members. The wildlife center
is a large, and complex place, and the workload is extremely daunting.
It takes strong leadership to keep everything running smoothly and
efficiently, to ensure that we have the materials and support we need
to do our jobs effectively, and to ensure that we are always giving the
highest quality of care to the animals with which we work.
For the past 5 years, we have been fortunate to have strong leadership
in the form of Wildlife Director Kip Parker. Although Kip has now moved
on to undertake new challenges, he will certainly not be forgotten.
Wildlife Director Kip Parker speaks at a press conference
regarding three orphaned cougar cubs.
Kip arrived at PAWS in early 2000. It was clear from the beginning that
he would have an extremely positive impact on the wildlife center, and
I'm not just saying that because Kip created the naturalist position
that I now hold. It was Kip's attitude towards the profession of
wildlife rehabilitation, and the way he inspired and empowered his
staff to be the best that they could be that made us all excited to
work under his direction. One thing that Kip said repeatedly to the
staff during his time at PAWS was, "My job is to make sure that you
have everything you need to do your job." And he was very good at that
job. Whether it was supplies, training, moral support, guidance, or
simply a willing ear that was needed, Kip was always there to fulfill
The impact of Kip's direction can be seen in the numerous new cages
that now stand on the hill behind the PAWS Wildlife Center. They can
also be seen in the new volunteer station, and cleaning pad, and soon
they will be seen in our 4 large seabird pools and building ventilation
improvements. Less tangible effects can be found in the staff that
worked under him in which he fostered a strong sense of teamwork and
mutual respect. Kip's vision is reflected in the PAWS strategic plan,
which means we will continue to benefit from his contributions for
years to come.
Kip's influence stretched far beyond the walls of the PAWS Wildlife
Center. He was instrumental in the creation of the Washington Wildlife
Rehabilitators Association. He was active in the National Wildlife
Rehabilitators Association. He worked with the Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife and other organizations to increase oil spill
preparedness in Washington state. Under Kip's direction, PAWS played
host to wildlife professionals from India, Russia, China, and Japan. In
addition, Kip traveled to Japan to speak about PAWS and wildlife
rehabilitation at a large veterinary conference. He had an obvious
passion for his work, and his enthusiasm was infectious to those with
whom he came into contact.
Kip presides over the dedication of the wildlife
center's new volunteer station.
Kip's last day as PAWS Wildlife Center Director was Wednesday, July
20th. The following day he left for Toronto, Canada to take on the
position of Wildlife Director for a wildlife rehabilitation and
education organization called Earth Rangers. We all wish him best of
luck for the future, and we cannot thank Kip enough for his enormous
contribution during his time here at PAWS. I also want to personally
thank Kip for all of the help and guidance with which he provided me
over the years. So, thank you for everything Kip, it was truly a
privilege to work with you.
Show Your Support for Wild Beings by Supporting the "Wild Things"!
This year's PAWSwalk will be Saturday, September 10th, 2005 at Sand Point Magnuson Park in Seattle.
PAWSwalk benefits all of the animals that PAWS cares for through sponsorships, registrations and pledges.
The PAWS Wildlife Center has once again formed "Team Wild Things" to
raise money for this year's event. Last year, the "Wild Things" raised
more than $5,400 for the animals, and we would love to beat that total
this year. If you would like to make a pledge to support the team,
please click here:
Wild animals released between July 13 and July 26, 2005:
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8 Northern Flickers
1 Band-tailed Pigeon
2 Eastern Cottontails
1 Glaucous-winged Gull
1 Barred Owl
1 Eastern Gray Squirrel
1 Virginia Opossum
3 Barn Owls
1 Northern Flicker
4 Canada Geese
308 wild animals have been released since the beginning of 2005.