Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Marc holds Bald Eagle for release
Marc holds Bald Eagle for release

Terry prepares to release a juvenile Bald Eagle
Terry with Bald Eagle

Meet the People

Many individuals comprise Avian Haven's human flock. Core staff members are introduced below. You can also meet our onsite volunteers, and learn a little bit about our volunteer transporters.


Marc Payne, the co-founder of Avian Haven, has been a wildlife rehabilitator since 1986. Before coming to Maine, he spent 12 years at The Raptor Trust (Millington, NJ), a practice with an annual case load of several thousand songbirds and several hundred raptors annually. During his years at The Raptor Trust, Marc also helped to design and build or re-build most of the seventy-five cages there at that time. Marc has given numerous workshops and conference presentations, most recently on avian caging and Bald Eagle rehabilitation.


Diane releases a juvenile Common Loon
Diane releases a juvenile Common Loon

Co-founder Diane Winn has been an avian rehabilitator since 1997. She has given numerous conference presentations and published several articles on various aspects of rehabilitation, including euthanasia and protocols for emaciation. The nestling songbird formula she developed ("FoNS") has been published in Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin. Earlier in her career, Diane was a Professor of Psychology at Colby College (she retired in 2007). She is Avian Havenís Executive Director.


Terry Heitz is a carpenter and cabinet maker by trade. He has also designed and built houses, as well as the cages for the facility at Avian Haven since before Avian Haven incorporated. His innovative designs (see the Dedicated Facilities section) combine beauty and practicality. Terry is also an experienced raptor handler and an expert photographer. Terry is Avian Havenís Physical Plant Manager.


Kim and crow
Kim holds American Crow with Leg and Toe Injuries

Kim Chavez spent the summer of 2014 with us as an intern from Unity College. After her graduation, she returned for the 2015 summer season. She quickly became indispensable in several facets of our practice, and we were delighted to have her stay on as year-round staff. Kim is our Rehabilitation Manager.


Caroline checks Northern Saw-whet Owl
Caroline checks Northern Saw-whet Owl

Caroline Neville, VMD joined Avian Haven in October 2017. A summer intern while a Bates College student, Caroline graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 2017. We'd stayed in touch and shared the thought that "maybe someday" she'd return to Avian Haven. We were delighted when "someday" arrived sooner rather than later. Caroline is Avian Haven's staff veterinarian.


Selkie rescues lead-poisoned Bald Eagle

Abby releases Barred Owl
Abby releases Barred Owl

Selkie O'Mira joined our seasonal staff in the spring of 2011; at the end of the summer, she volunteered to stay on through the winter months, and we were delighted to agree. A woman of many talents, she helps Avian Haven with bird rescue and transportation, onsite with care and feeding, and also with fund-raising. Selkie manages Avian Haven's Facebook page.


Before settling down in Maine in 2007, Laura Graham worked at wildlife rehabilitation facilities in various states, including Washington, North Carolina, Idaho, and California. For several years prior to joining our staff in 2014, Laura was a wildlife specialist at the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick Maine.

Laura holds Mallard under anesthesia
Laura holds Mallard under anesthesia

Abby Everleth started at Avian Haven as a volunteer in the summer of 2010, after moving to the area to pursue a career as a high school biology teacher. She had previously interned at another wildlife rehabilitation facility, where her love for helping injured and orphaned wildlife flourished. Abby now spends the school year teaching young people, and returns to Avian Haven every summer for her favorite time of year—baby bird season.

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