Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation
Yellowstone to Uintas Connection
Chairperson – Council for All Wildlife
When Debbie Pappas moved to Price, Utah in 1994, with a degree in medical technology, she didn’t imagine that her life was about to take a completely different turn.
Because of a great love of birds, she opened a pet shop. Over the course of a few years, she came to the honest realization that selling birds wasn’t really the way to help them. “If I was selling them, then I was part of the problem…Once you become aware, you cannot look the other way and just pretend.”
She closed the pet shop, and set out in a new direction, as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation, which Debby founded in 2001, is one of the outstanding wildlife rehabilitation centers in Utah.
She and her subpermittees care for any wild patient who comes to them — from eagles to hummingbirds – and mammals too, rehabilitating and releasing back to the wild thousands of orphaned, sick, or injured wild birds and animals.
Above, Greg Sheehan, Director of the Department of Natural Resources presents Debby Pappas with an award — the State Department of Natural Resources Stewardship Awards for 2014, in the category Compassion in Action. On the right is Connie Waddell, one of Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation’s subpermittees.
DaLyn Erickson Marthaler
Vice Chairperson – Council for All Wildlife
Growing up on a farm, DaLynn Erickson-Marthaler started her wildlife career at a very early age.
As a small child, she kept her wildlife patients under the bed — injured and orphaned bunnies, snakes, mice, and frogs. When her mother discovered DaLyn’s wild zoo, she screamed.
Undeterred, DaLyn continued to rescue animals. When she saved a parakeet being mistreated by another child in a pet shop, people began to drop off birds for her to care for, and she rescued many more parrots.
Years later, she established and managed the wildlife rehabilitation center of the Ogden Nature Centre, which she ran successfully, until, in 2006, the decision was made by the Ogden Nature Centre to discontinue their rehabilitation program.
In six months, DaLyn put together an entirely new center – obtaining non-profit status, her own state and federal wildlife rehabilitation permits, and even acquiring and setting up her own facility – all in order to continue the rehabilitation of the wild birds and animals who depended on her for care.
Today, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, is a 10,000 square foot facility, taking in 2,000 birds a year, from hummingbirds to shorebirds to eagles, as well as Utah’s wild mammals; squirrels, beavers, and others.
Dr. John Carter – Engineer, Ecologist, Advisor
Dr. Carter spent his childhood among chickens, cows, and horses, on a North Carolina farm, backpacking in the Smoky Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. After attending graduate school at USU, and receiving his PhD in ecology, he plunged into working to halt the deterioration of our Forests. Founding the organization, the Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, he takes on numerous projects, with other conservation groups and with government agencies, to identify and halt damaging practices taking place on public lands – cattle grazing, logging, snow mobiles, ATV’s and noise pollution.
Keisha’s preserve, 900 acres that he has set aside in southern Idaho, for wildlife – moose, elk, coyotes, sage grouse, and others to roam on freely, offers a stellar example of how natural land can be reclaimed from human-caused cycles of destruction, re-establishing peace and beauty for the wild animals and plants that live there.
Rahul Mukerjee – Youth Advisor, Birder, Wild bird advocate
A High School Senior from Sandy, Utah, Rahul Mukherjee, first became enchanted with birds in ninth grade, when for a school biology project, he took photos and recorded the vocalizations of 35 different bird species, the first one being a Red-Winged Blackbird. He now frequently leads birding field trips for Great Salt Lake Audubon.
This past July, he was selected as one of sixteen attendees, from among applicants from all over the world, to attend the Cornell Young Birders Event.
When he learned that two important Sage Grouse leks in Morgan County , Utah, were in danger as a result of development plans, Rahul sounded an alarm, creating a Facebook page for the Greater Sage Grouse, and gaining support for these birds among conservation groups all over the country. He was also recently recognized by WildEarth Guardians as their latest Activist Spotlight Honoree (http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?pagename=action_spotlight) He continues to work closely with the DWR, along with Utah conservation groups, to find a long term approach for protecting this Sage Grouse habitat.
Rahul has also been involved with other bird conservation work and this past June-July, he was a leading volunteer for the Peregrine Falcon Watchpost Rescue Team at The Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City (http:// slcfalcons.blogspot.com/2014/07/special-photos-from-volunteer-rahul.html)
Rahul is an avid bird photographer and his photo gallery will be on display at the Corinne and Jack Sweet Library on January 17, 2015. He will be giving a presentation before the gallery display in which he will be talking about how his bird photography ties in with his bird conservation work.
Kim Crumbo — Conservation Director of the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council
After serving two tours in Vietnam as a Navy Seal, Kim Crumbo came home and worked as a Grand Canyon Park Ranger for 20 years. He has since worked with, and on behalf of, wildlife and wild habitats in many capacities – as a river guide, inventorying native species, taking part in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Team, and has participated in numerous task forces and committees to protect the wild lands in and around the Grand Canyon. As Conservation Director, he is currently leading efforts to promote a unique project of the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. They are seeking the official designation of the Kaibab Forest and public lands adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park as the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument. This will be a major step in protecting these essential habitats and will lead the way towards establishing connecting wildlife corridors that run the north-to-south length of the Western U.S., from Mexico to Canada.
Photo: Captive Mexican Wolf at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. / Clark, Jim (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) / PD-USGOV-INTERIOR-FWS (The Mexican wolf is a stand-in. A photo of the real Kim Crumbo will appear soon.)
Kirk Robinson – Executive Director of Western Wildlife Conservancy
Growing up in northern Utah gave Kirk Robinson an early love for wildlife and the wilderness. From the back porch of his home in Bountiful, Utah, he watched deer ambling through the peach and cherry orchards, sea gulls overhead, and also skunks and foxes. He was profoundly influenced by Aldo Leopold’s books Round River and A Sand County Almanac.
Back-packing in the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, he roamed the wilderness where the largest glaciers in the continental U.S. are found.
After college, with a Masters and a Ph.D. in philosophy, he headed back to the west and spent twelve years as a university professor, teaching philosophy.
With his focus on wildlife still a driving force in his life, he went to see the Utah Wilderness Association. Together, they formed the Utah Wildlife Manifesto Group, based on the ideas of Aldo Leopold.
Twenty-five years ago, he started attending RAC (Regional Advisory Council) meetings in Utah, to speak out on behalf of wildlife.
Invited to join the Board of the Utah Cougar Coalition, he accepted. In 2000, he and others re-constituted their group to form the Western Wildlife Conservancy. Their emphasis has been on large predators, which are so often targeted by those who simply wish to get rid of them.
At age fifty-six, he earned a law degree from the University of Utah and began practicing law.
A consistent and clear voice speaking up for wildlife, Kirk Robinson has led the way, advocating for all Utah wildlife and the wild lands that are their habitat.
Elizabeth Doyle – Writer, advocate for animals, nature, and a high quality of life for all
Having spent her childhood and earlier years in a very urban environment, where skyscrapers seemed like wildlife and nature was held in fearful suspicion (Mosquitoes and ticks carry incurable diseases, you know!), but where the threat of car accidents was something one just had to be brave about, it took Elizabeth some time to develop a “natural” relationship with nature.
Trees only became a real part of her life when she began visiting Vermont, where the pines have not yet surrendered, and where everyone’s lives are the better for it. In a pine forest, it’s always Christmas. Among maple trees, life is always sweet with syrup. “Oh, but the bears! What about the bears?” Only once in Vermont’s history — its entire history — has a bear ever killed a human. It was a hunter who shot, wounded, but accidentally did not kill the bear. That’s it. No other bear-related deaths in Vermont — ever. And Elizabeth has never seen one. If they have seen her, they kindly didn’t let her know. They have their habitat still. They don’t seem to mind sharing the trees.
As is the case with many urban folks, her first relationship withanimals was with pets. Pets are an excellent gateway into the world of animals. They let you come close to them, look them in the eye, touch them, and have a little back-and-forth communication through vocals and gestures. You can’t do that with wildlife. So pets are a wonderful gateway. A great way to move through the fear of things that aren’t man-made. A way to expand your circle of living, breathing friends in this world.
From there, it didn’t take much of a leap to understand quite naturally that the deer in her Texas back yard were also friends of a sort. Friends you can’t touch, of course — but not really much different on the inside from her cat, or her dog, or herself. Same with the tigers and the lions across the globe. And certainly the elephants — who doesn’t love elephants? And the animals of the sea.
Elizabeth still fears some animals — she’s only human, and grew up ina world where the thought of being bitten by a venomous snake was for some reason, far more fearsome than the idea of being mugged (which was an occasional part of life.) Don’t even get her started on mosquitoes. If she gets bitten one more time, she’s gonna ….
But all of that helps her relate in her writing to people who, like her, grew up in 20th or 21st century urban culture, and need to be gently introduced to the notion of a wilder, healthier world.