CROW Feathers: Reese Hartmann

Where are you from?

"I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska. I currently live in Columbia, South Carolina!"

What is your position at CROW?

"I am an undergraduate externship student!"

How long have you worked at CROW?

"I am just now finishing my fifth week at CROW."

What is your favorite animal and why?

"My favorite patients I have worked with have been Red-Shouldered Hawks or Ospreys. I was a little scared of them at first, but after handling raptors for the first time I developed such respect for them. It’s very humbling to be a part of rehabilitating a raptor then watching them be released. They appear to be so intimidating, but in reality they are such beautiful animals to work with. During my time here I have discovered a new passion for raptors!"

What is your favorite memory or story from your time at CROW?

"During my second week at CROW, there was a gopher tortoise that was admitted to the hospital after being hit by a car. This patient had a shell fracture and had lost a lot of blood. Fortunately, we had another gopher tortoise in our care that was able to donate blood! Due to the poor condition of the tortoise, the veterinarians had to repair the shell fracture and transfuse blood from the other patient. I was able to monitor anesthesia during surgery and observe how tortoise shell fractures are repaired.  It was so rewarding to see how well both tortoises had recovered after the blood transfusion!"

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?

"Outside of CROW, my favorite hobby is definitely cooking! I love to experiment with new ingredients and recipes! I also enjoy reading books, SCUBA diving, and playing board games with friends. Since being at CROW, I have really enjoyed biking and going to the beach to watch the sunset!"

What are some of your goals or aspirations for the future?


"My ultimate goal is to leave this planet a little better than I found it. I graduated college with a degree in Marine Science and I have been interested in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine life since I was little. Here, I have been able to expand my horizons and I have found a new interest in wildlife medicine. Now, I am thinking about applying to vet school or a graduate program for wildlife conservation! I have also found a new interest in avian medicine since working at CROW, and I hope to work with birds someday. For now, I’m a bit all over the place, but I’m confident I will be working with wildlife in the future!"

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