Our Staff

Our Amazing Staff


Healing, Educating, and Leading for Tomorrow

Save our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center is a non-profit wildlife conservation and education organization located on the former site of The Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary on City Island in Sarasota, Florida. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured birds, and to educate the public about nature and environmental sustainability. Birds that have been rescued but are unable to be returned to the wild are given permanent homes in our Wild Bird Learning Center. Please say hello to our talented and caring staff:

Dana

Avian Hospital Administrator

Dana holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Wildlife Management from State University of New York, as well as two Associates degrees – in Science in Environmental Studies and in Applied Sciences, Natural Resources and Conservation – from Finger Lakes Community College.  In addition to her four years as an Avian Hospital Technician at Save Our Seabirds, Dana’s seven-plus years of wildlife handling experience include participation in the Winter Raptor Survey and the Short-Eared Owl Dream Team with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Reef Check underwater volunteer in Montserrat West Indies, Wildlife Intern with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and Wildlife Volunteer researching the development of nesting Bald Eagles in Belmont, New York. 

Fun Fact: In addition to managing our avian hospital, Dana runs a small concession business with her husband selling lemonade and cotton candy.

Holly

Office Manager

As a Florida native, Holly developed a love of wildlife at a very early age. Living in Miami, she rescued her first bird at the age of 8, the morning after Hurricane Andrew. She got her start professionally working with animals as a bird keeper with Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary. It was the first job she ever fell in love with and where she developed a greater appreciation for birds. She was heartbroken when the facility shut down and she was laid off. Afterwards, she went on to work for Lowry Park Zoo and the Humane Society of Sarasota County while she attended college. Holly graduated from the University of South Florida in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature. Holly was overjoyed when she found the ad for the Office Manager position with Save Our Seabirds. She is happy to have come home to her first love in a role that marries her administrative skills and animal husbandry experience.
 
Fun Fact: Two weeks after her college graduation, Holly set out to travel the country for four years as a coast to coast truck driver.

Cindi

Avian Hospital Technician

Cindi holds an Associate of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She has logged well over 6,000 hours of direct avian rehabilitation experience over the past four years, including birds of prey, songbirds, seabirds, tropical birds, and others. Her duties have included intake, triage, diagnosis, administration of fluids and medications, removing hooks, treating and suturing wounds, changing bandages, rescuing and releasing birds, directing other employees and volunteers, and maintaining our hospital facility.Cindi also worked for five years in a horse breeding facility, where she groomed, exercised, and trained mares and foals, and assisted in artificial inseminations and veterinary examinations.

Fun Fact: Cindi can parallel park a 40-foot transit bus.

Jonathan

Avian Hospital Technician

Jonathan is working toward a degree in Zoology at the University of North Florida. He is a former member of Future Farmers of America and has extensive experience ranging from zoo and stable work to accounting and macroeconomics.

Fun Fact: Jonathan’s dream is to own a farm when he grows up.






Tara

Avian Facilities Technician

Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University. Her honors thesis was on Intelligence in Crows as Described in Biological Studies and Literature. She has worked at SOS for a total of almost two years. Before that, she spent two years tracking and banding eastern bluebirds as well as banding passerines for spring and fall migrations at Kalamazoo Nature Center. She also volunteers at Mote Marine Laboratory and Wildlife, Inc.

Fun Fact: Tara can do a bit of Tuvan throat singing.



Lorin

Curriculum Developer and Docent

Lorin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from City College of the City University of New York. She is a fifth-generation Floridian who migrated north to New York City after high school. Her first job in New York was at Simon & Schuster Inc. She went on to a career developing educational materials for students and teachers at Bank Street College of Education (where she worked on a project that included a TV show starring a 9-year-old Ben Affleck), Children’s Television Workshop/Sesame Workshop, and Time For Kids at Time Inc. For the past 19 years she has served on a freelance basis as principal editor for Audubon Adventures, the National Audubon Society’s supplementary curriculum for elementary-age students. In her spare time (ha!), Lorin also gives tours as a docent AND develops and administers our fully-accredited school field trip programs.

Fun fact: In her small Central Florida hometown, when Lorin was 8 years old, her entry came in third in the town’s gopher tortoise race (before gopher tortoises were considered endangered!)



Julie

Avian Facilities Technician

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating in 2013, she relocated to sunny Florida, and eventually to Save Our Seabirds. Since then, she has had her hands full as an avian facilities technician. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: avian diet management, wildlife handling, bird rescue, habitat design and repair, captive wildlife welfare and habitation enrichment. Julie enjoys hiking, biking, birding, and cooking in her spare time.

 Fun fact: Julie got in a few years of engineering studies before finally settling on a major in biology.


Kylie

Avian Hospital and Facilities Technician

Kylie is a native Sarasotan and volunteered with Save Our 
Seabirds numerous times before officially joining the team. She graduated from the Florida State University in August 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology focused on marine biology and ornithology. Since graduating she participated in several internships, one of which involving avian rehabilitation at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier. That internship fostered her passion for wildlife rehabilitation, so upon returning home she sought out the opportunity to continue working in this field here at Save Our Seabirds.

Fun fact: In her young life, Kylie has already spotted 327 species of birds and five of the seven extant sea turtle species.

Megan

Avian Hospital and Facilities Technician

Megan was born and raised in Ohio and has had a passion for animals since she was very young.  She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Kent State University. Later on, she received an Associates in Zoo Animal Technology from Santa Fe College. Her first volunteer experience was at Stark Parks Sanders Center Wildlife Rehabilitation. After that, she did a summer internship at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, a semester internship at Lubee Bat Conservancy, and Mote Marine Laboratory. Megan also ventured out to South Africa for a month where she completed a two-week park ranger and two-week wildlife rehabilitation program. 

Fun fact: Megan speaka bit of Swahili and one of her hobbies is archery.


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