Monthly Archives: August 2016

Paulsen proves to be premier volunteer

Just a few years ago, there were not a lot of avenues for a volunteer to traverse at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, but Chris Paulsen saw potential for much more. “My wife, Sara, and I began to volunteer at Fossil Rim early in 2013,” he said. “We began in tours and did some tree trimming, […]

Vet preceptee seizes early opportunity

Kira Hydock knew she wanted to gain some hands-on experience at a place like Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, but when someone told her it could be in 2016 the Pittsburgh native was flat-out shocked. After all, Hydock, a graduate of Penn State with bachelor’s degrees in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in addition to African Studies, […]

Hoofstock intern herds expansive experiences

Melanie Dittmer spent three months at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center as a hoofstock and behavior research intern, but she was motivated to see the scope of her experience grow. “My long-term goal is to become an exotic animal veterinarian,” she said. “I look forward to starting vet school, so I was fortunate to be able […]

New internship exceeds expectations for Rosenbaum

As a young twentysomething navigates his or her career path, uncertainty is often the name of the game. When Morgan Rosenbaum arrived at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center May 16 as a veterinary technician intern, so many questions crowded her mind. Fortunately, some of the most important answers came in a hurry for the native of […]

Fossil Rim merges homeschool with nature

When memorable experiences meet an eager, young mind, the possibilities of homeschooling are limitless. Mark Phillips, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center homeschool coordinator, has a special connection with homeschooling and students because he has “been there, done that.” Phillips and his wife have homeschooled their four children, including two all the way through high school. “We […]

APC reintroduction takes flight through diligent effort

When “chick season” draws near inside Fossil Rim Wildlife Center’s Intensive Management Area, it is time to buckle down and focus in. For Janet Johnson, avian curator, and Cara Burch, senior animal care specialist, all their hard work each year for the critically endangered Attwater’s prairie chicken (APC) pays off over the course of five […]