Avian Haven has some wonderful summer volunteers who assist on site during the long, busy days of "baby season." In 2015 they included Nancy Carhart, Kara Chester, Amy Dillon, Laura Graham, Linda Harrell, Laura Lecker, Connie Moore, Melissa Smith, Janet Wiseley, and Tanna Witkin. Our 2015 summer interns were University of Maine students Alex Jiminez and Krystal Poulin.
We also are blessed with a large group of volunteer transporters who help get birds to us when people finding them are unwilling or unable to drive here.
The core staff that is here year-round includes the following folks.
Marc Payne 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. He is Avian Havenís Infirmary Manager.
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.
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.
Dr. Judith Herman is our consulting veterinarian. Her practice is the Animal Wellness Center, located in Augusta. Although Dr. Herman does not see companion birds in her practice, in her work with Avian Haven she has been an expert homeopathic consultant and skillful surgeon where procedures such as pinning fractures are required.
Glori Berry is Avian Haven's Staff Photographer. Her exceptional work is featured in our slide shows and annual reports.
Laura Lecker has been a seasonal volunteer at Avian Haven since 2007. For most of that time, she has been involved in tackle exchanges, educational programs, and other attempts to limit the exposure of loons to lead fishing gear. In 2015, she became Avian Havenís Outreach Manager, and currently gives programs about our work in various locations statewide.
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 Assistant General Manager.
Jerry Stefansky is a neighbor who made our acquaintance when he brought us an injured bird in 2008. Since that time, he has become the regular caretaker of the habitats for larger birds: raptors including Bald Eagles; plus Common Ravens and American Crows. Jerry is an awesome cook; along with his wife Dee Dee, he makes sure others on the staff get enough to eat.
Jane Brackett joined Avian Haven in the fall of 2013, after her son Ian had completed a summer internship and returned to college. She has rapidly made herself indispensable, particularly in helping to care for the large number of winter car-hit owls.
Sue Stone signed on as a volunteer transporter early in 2015, and before long weíd invited her to join our volunteer crew. Sheís adept at onsite care as well as offsite rescues, and has a special fascination with water birds.
A volunteer from earlier years, Marilyn McClelland returned to Avian Haven in 2014 after a sabbatical during which other pursuits occupied her time. Skillful with thread and needle as well as with feeding syringe and forceps, she's repaired or re-made most of our raptor nets.