CROW Feather: Bailey Bodeen

Where are you from?

“I’m not really from anywhere! My dad works for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a National Wildlife Refuge Manager, so my family moved around a lot when I was growing up. I’ve had the opportunity to live in some incredible places, including Midway Atoll and West Africa! I currently live in Madison, WI where I attend the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine.”

What is your position at CROW?

“I am a Veterinary Medicine Extern student.”

How long have you worked at CROW?

“I spent 4 weeks at CROW!”

What is your favorite animal and why?

“My favorite animal is the leopard. They are beautiful, elusive, and highly skilled hunters. Leopards are the epitome of grace and power.”

What is your most memorable CROW moment?

“My most memorable CROW moment was getting to work with a handful of different raptor species! I have always wanted to work with them, so it was a dream come true. My favorite raptor patients were the burrowing owls and red-shouldered hawks! I also became quite fond of an osprey patient – she fully embraced the phrase “light’s on but no one is home,” which provided lots of laughs whenever I worked with her. Not to mention, she was GORGEOUS. ”

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?

“I love to travel, spend time in nature, hit the gym, read, play volleyball and pickleball, eat ice cream, and hang out with animals of course!”

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

“Once I graduate from veterinary school this spring (and find a job!), I’d like to become certified in wildlife rehabilitation as my next endeavor. I hope to continue working with wildlife, preferably in both a local and international capacity, and potentially start my own wildlife conservation organization someday.”

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