CROW Feather: Mary Blake

Where are you from?

“I am originally from Anaheim, California.”

What is your position at CROW?

“My position at CROW is a Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern”

How long have you worked at CROW?

“I worked at CROW for 6 months.”

What is your favorite animal and why?

“My favorite animal is a tie between Brown Pelicans and Doves. I absolutely love the personalities of Brown Pelicans! They are so sassy and stubborn and it’s amazing to see their transformations during the time between intake and release. A Brown Pelican was also the first patient I learned how to give subcutaneous fluids to, tube feed, and draw blood from so having them in care is a way of giving back to the species that I have been able to learn so much from. Dove species also happen to be my favorites because they are my favorite species to raise from babies. They make the sweetest noises when it is feeding time and its beautiful to watch them grow up.”

What is your most memorable CROW moment?

“There have been many memorable moments during my time here. One of the most memorable moments was monitoring anesthesia during a hook removal surgery for a Laughing Gull. I was nervous to monitor for an avian patient because majority of my monitoring experience has been with cats and dogs. Because of the people that were in the room during the surgery, they made me feel more confident in my abilities and I was able to learn a lot from watching the veterinarian and the vet intern assisting.”

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?

“Outside of CROW, I like to read, bake, go on bike rides, and hang out with my cats.”

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

“I would like to continue a career in wildlife medicine and conservation. Conservation has been a field that I have always felt passionate towards and being able to be involved in the medical side makes me feel more connected to the species that I am helping conserve.”

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