Thursday, April 19, 2012

We Say Goodbye to One of REGI's Best

Tomorrow we say farewell to one of our licensed rehabilitators, Katie Farvour. As sad as it is for us to lose her, we know she is going to do great things at her new job. She accepted a position at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. There she will be helping them create a raptor education program!

Katie graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point where she majored in Biology. She went on to work for the World Bird Sanctuary and the Milwaukee County Zoo doing live bird programs. Since August of 2008, Katie has been a full-time avian rehabilitator here at REGI. She has touched countless lives during her time here, both avian and human.

An older photo of Katie with one of her favorite resident birds, a Pelican nicknamed Peli. Although admitted as a wild adult, this American White Pelican took a liking to Katie. He would build her nests and spare her from the usual "goosing" he would do with his giant beak to most employees as they walked past. Their relationship was something special.

Katie releases one of the seven Bald Eagles she helped to rescue and rehabilitate after they were found close to death from being poisoned. Watching these seven birds regain flight after such a horrific ordeal was an unforgettable moment for all who were there. To read our blog from this release on June 2, 2011 click here.

Katie transferring a Trumpeter Swan from one enclosure to another. Her gentle demeanor helped her gain the trust of so many patients. 

Thanks for all the memories, Katie.
From all of us here at REGI, good luck! We will miss you!

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