In the summer of 2006, she took a hiatus from the CFW to work
as a Park Interpreter/Naturalist for the Department of Conservation and Recreation at Plum Island. This sparked an
already growing interest in environmental education. In the late fall, she
returned to the Center full-time, armed with her experience from Plum Island and
unstoppable determination, and has taken on the development of CFW’s education
programs: designing, enhancing, and presenting education programs both new and
old. Kristen has also most recently taken on leading and developing our fundraising efforts.
Her goal is to help counteract the human-caused impact on wildlife through a
combination of wildlife medical care, education, and research. She lives in Nottingham NH
with Ed and a beautiful (if slightly mischievous) cat named Tiny Dancer and an equally beautiful and goofy rescued puppy named Macie! She serves as a member of the Town of Nottingham's Conservation Commission.
Wildlife Specialist/ Volunteer and Intern Coordinator
With a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Hampshire, Erin has a passion for scientific research, especially when it comes to wildlife and the environment. At school, Erin was lucky enough to travel to the US Virgin Islands for a class on Tropical Ecology. While in St. John, Erin and her classmates studied coral reef ecology and the multitude of species that live within the reefs as well as on the mainland. Back in the states, Erin took a research-intensive class in field limnology, or the study of freshwater lakes. She learned many water sampling techniques in the field, wrote a research paper on zooplankton and worked in the general chemistry lab- fueling her always growing love for the sciences.
During the summer breaks, she worked as a camp counselor at an environmental-themed camp run by the New Hampshire Audubon and had the opportunity to fine-tune her excellent leadership skills. Erin also began volunteering at the Center for Wildlife in her free time and it was then that she decided she wanted to pursue a career in which she could help wildlife. After graduating from UNH, Erin worked for two years at an environmental laboratory as a prep lab technician, but knew her future would still lie in wildlife. In the spring of 2011, Erin accepted a position as a Senior Intern at CFW, learning more about wildlife medical care and case management, and just as importantly leading, teaching, training, and guiding the many volunteers and interns to provide supportive care. Because of her background in science and ecology, and excellent teamwork and leadership skills we gladly offered Erin the Wildlife Specialist position as soon as it opened up.
Erin is excited to learn as much as possible about every wild animal that comes through the door. She has also begun to participate in Center for Wildlife’s Education and Outreach program, interact with the public, and helps to support our work through participating in fundraisers and special events. Erin is especially excited about CFW’s Owl Transmitter project, and hopes to work on further transmitter studies in conjunction with Biodiversity Research Institute.
Erin lives in Durham, New Hampshire on the shore of Little Bay. She LOVES the outdoors in any season, exploring the coast, woods, and mountains. She especially enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and geocaching all over New England. Erin also likes traveling and hopes to make a cross-country road trip some day.
Wildlife Specialist/ Facilities Coordinator
Laura Graham first became involved in wildlife rehabilitation more than 20 years ago when she volunteered at a bird rescue operation following a large oil spill near the coast of her native Washington State. After four weeks as a full-time bird washer, she signed on to volunteer at the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, Washington and began training as a veterinary technician at the Exotic Pet and Bird Clinic in Kirkland, Washington. Eventually she took a position on the rehabilitation staff at PAWS.
After marrying a career Coast Guardsman, Laura moved frequently and lived varied regions of the United States. This led to an opportunity to work with several wildlife care organizations, often alongside some of the most respected rehabilitators in the country. At the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in North Carolina, she divided her time between serving as a Wildlife Care Technician and as Education Director. Laura was the Assistant Director and Chief Medic at a seasonal bird rehabilitation facility run by the Animals In Distress Association of Boise, Idaho, where she was in charge of the medical care and daily husbandry of over 2500 birds during the course of a spring/summer season. She also worked as the Rehabilitation Supervisor at Wildhaven Ranch in Lake Arrowhead, California, an organization devoted to wildlife education and rehabilitation.
Laura gladly accepted her position with Center for Wildlife in April, and is looking forward to sharing new and successful techniques and protocols with our clinic, including re-nesting raptors back into the wild. Laura has already taken to improving our facilities oversight, ensuring patient safety and habitat maintenance for our impressive campus of over 40 outdoor enclosures (and growing!). When not employed as a full time rehabilitator, Laura sought out volunteer opportunities, helping out the North American Wildlife Association in Connecticut, and the Marine Animal Lifeline in Maine, which cares for orphaned seal pups. Laura has attended workshops in Wildlife Rehabilitation taught by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, as well as Oil Spill response conferences with Tri-State Bird Rescue and International Bird Rescue. She has also worked at shelters for domestic animals and has trained horses and dogs.
Laura has a BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and has often been seen acting and directing Shakepeare in theaters around New England. She shares her life with her recently retired Coast Guardsman Ken and her very spoiled dog Spock, and she is a foster mom to domestic rabbits for the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook, Maine.
Wildlife Specialist/ Medical Clinic Team Lead
While in Alaska Sonja also worked for the Alaska Sealife Center as a Veterinary Lab Technician, and was responsible for the lab work and diagnostics of the marine and seabird patients admitted there. She also assisted in weighing, handling, and treating those patients. Sonja was also able to conduct necropsies for the center to help determine cause of patient death- allowing for data collection on possible environmental factors, improving medical research, and much more.
Sonja's love for wildlife expanded to field work at her positions with the National Parks and Forestry Services as a Biological and Wildlife Technician. While with the National Parks she conducted surveys in California of a variety of species from the Columbian spotted frog to grizzly bears. She was also able to conduct bat surveys in caves where she helped to determine the presence of bats and maternity colonies- estimating populations and demographics. During her tenure with the Forest Service she conducted surveys in the Pacific Northwest monitoring species such as the pileated woodpecker, Northern goshawk, and white-headed woodpeckers. These surveys help to guide best management practices, and conservation recommendations.
Sonja currently lives in Cape Neddick, ME with her two dogs and an (indoor!!) cat. She happily accepted her position in April, and looks forward to transitioning CFW to a national “Wild One” database. Her clinical skills and ecological background are a great fit for our work, and she has already introduced current staff to new clinical techniques; including effective microscopic skin scrapings and testing for mange, and administering sub-cutaneous fluids to porcupines!
Center for Wildlife Board of Directors